GABRIELA ELENA BADEA, LOTFI ALEYA, PETRONEL MUSTATEA, DELIA MIRELA TIT, LAURA ENDRES, SIMONA BUNGAU, GABRIELA CIOCA CHLORATE ELECTROCHEMICAL REMOVAL FROM AQUEOUS MEDIA BASED ON A POSSIBLE AUTOCATALYTIC MECHANISM The electrochemical chlorate reduction at the Pt electrode in 0.5 M H2SO4 deaerated solutions has been studied using potentiostatic steady-state voltammetry. The kinetics parameters (Tafel slope, charge transfer coefficient, current density, and reaction order) were evaluated in function of chlorate concentration (1x10-4 – 0.2 M KClO3). The process of chlorate reduction is a complex one that implies two charge transfer controlled steps with formation of free radicals and an extent potential region controlled by the concentration polarization. The current density dependence of chlorate concentration tends to an exponential growth at concentration ³ 0.1 M KClO3 and becomes exponential in the conditions of the catalyst system presence. In the second charge transfer, a surface reaction between free radical ·Cl-2 and platinum electrode with formation of complex anions PtCL42- and PtCL62- is responsible for the rapid increase of the reaction rate.