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Title: Photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by TiO2 catalysts supported on adsorbents
Keywords: Adsorbent, anatase, characterization, photocatalytic degradation, sol-gel, supported TiO2
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2004
Citation: ATREYEE BHATTACHARYYA (2004-09-30). Photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by TiO2 catalysts supported on adsorbents. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Titanium di-oxide (TiO2) mediated semiconductor photocatalysis is an established advanced oxidation process for the treatment of contaminated aqueous and gaseous streams. However, TiO2 exhibits low adsorption ability, especially for non-polar substances due to its polar structure. Low adsorption ability of non-porous TiO2 particles can be improved by surface augmentation using inert supports. In this work, TiO2 was impregnated on three different kinds of adsorbents, mesoporous (MCM-41), microporous (i??-zeolite) and pillared structure (montmorillonite) where different loadings (10-80 %) of TiO2 were obtained using sol-gel method. The catalysts were characterized by several analytical techniques including XRD, SEM-EDX, XPS, and BET analyzer. Subsequent to the dark adsorption studies, photocatalytic efficiency of the supported catalysts was evaluated using an azo-dye, orange II in water as model compound under different operating conditions. All supported catalysts exhibit good photodegradation efficiency of orange II, and their performance was always better than that of bare TiO2 produced by the sol-gel method and commercial catalyst, Degussa-P25.
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