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Title: Effect of mass transfer and catalyst layer thickness on photocatalytic reaction
Authors: Chen, D.
Li, F.
Ray, A.K. 
Issue Date: May-2000
Citation: Chen, D.,Li, F.,Ray, A.K. (2000-05). Effect of mass transfer and catalyst layer thickness on photocatalytic reaction. AIChE Journal 46 (5) : 1034-1045. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Semiconductor photocatalytic processes have been studied for heady 20 years due to their intriguing advantages in environmental remediation. A rational approach in determining the effect of mass transfer and catalyst layer thickness during photocatalytic reactions is proposed. The reaction occurs at the liquid-catalyst interface, and therefore when the catalyst is immobilized, both external and internal mass transfer plays significant roles in overall photocatalytic processes. Several model parameters - external mass-transfer coefficient, dynamic adsorption equilibrium constant, adsorption rate constant, internal mass-transfer coefficient, and effective diffusivity - were determined either experimentally or by fitting realistic models to experimental results using benzoic acid as a model component. Even though all these parameters are critical to the design and development of photocatalytic processes, they are not available in the literature. The effect of the internal mass transfer on the photocatalytic degradation rate over different catalyst layer thicknesses under two different operating configurations was analyzed theoretically and experimentally verified. It was observed that an optimal catalyst layer thickness exists for substrate-to- catalyst illumination.
Source Title: AIChE Journal
ISSN: 00011541
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