Ultrasonic technology, as an innovative technology,was used for degradation of benzene in an aqueous solution under ultrasound frequency of 20 kHz at different temperatures with initial concentration of 100 and 200 mg/L. Kinetic and thermodynamic of benzene degradation in aqueous solution were investigated.
While the mechanism of benzene sonolysis was discussed. The degradation rate of benzene increased with increasing electric power, sonication time and by decreasing liquid volume, temperature and initial concentration of benzene. The beneficial effect of which power electrical or ultrasound on removal rates is believed to be due to increased cavitational activity occurring at higher levels of
power. As power increases, the number of collapsing (effective) cavities also increases, which is leading to enhanced degradation rates. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that benzene degradation was spontaneous and exothermic in nature. The obtained data was fitted through the pseudo-first order model.