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Photocatalytic degradation of humic acid in saline waters part 2. Effects of various photocatalytic materials

Al-Rasheed, R. and Cardin, D.J. (2003) Photocatalytic degradation of humic acid in saline waters part 2. Effects of various photocatalytic materials. Applied Catalysis A - General, 246 (1). pp. 39-48. ISSN 0926-860X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/S0926-860X(02)00667-1

Abstract/Summary

The present study explores for the first time, the effectiveness of photocatalytic oxidation of. humic acid (HA) in the increasingly important highly saline water. TiO2 (Degussa P25), TiO2 (Anatase), TiO2 (Rutile), TiO2 (Mesoporous) and ZnO dispersions were used as catalysts employing a medium pressure mercury lamp. The effect of platinum loading on P25 and zinc oxide was also investigated. The zinc oxide with 0.3% platinum loading was the most efficient catalyst. The preferred medium for the degradation of HA using ZnO is alkaline, whereas for TiO2 it is acidic. In addition, a comparative study of HA decomposition in artificial seawater (ASW) and natural seawater (NSW) is reported, and the surface areas and band gaps of the catalysts employed were also determined. A spectrophotometric method was used to estimate the extent of degradation of HA. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:10964
Uncontrolled Keywords:titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, photocatalytic oxidation, artificial seawater, sea salt, humic acid, band gap , ORGANIC PEROXIDES, NATURAL-WATERS, TIO2, PHOTODEGRADATION, PHOTOOXIDATION, CONTAMINANTS, SUSPENSIONS, OXIDATION, PLATINUM, COASTAL

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