PHOTOCATALYTIC DEGRADATION OF PARAQUAT USING N-TiO2/SiO2 UNDER VISIBLE LIGHT

Nguyen Thi Phuong Mai

Abstract


In the present paper, photocatalytic degradation of paraquat using N-TiO2/SiO2 with different molar ratio of titanium: nitrogen (Ti:N) under visible light was investigated. The catalyst was prepared via immersed SiO2 in N-TiO2. N-TiO2 was synthesized by sol-gel method.  The N-TiO2/SiO2 catalyst was characterized using X-ray diffraction, UV diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results from characterizations indicated that N-doped anatase TiO2 had a 20-25 nm size. Degradation of paraquat, at an initial concentration of 10 mg/L was determined by UV-Vis. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) was used for process performance. Based on the COD tests, the COD values in residual paraquat was lower than that in initial paraquat concentration after 8 hours illumination of visible light. Moreover, the experiment’s results indicated that 80% of paraquat was degraded within 8 h of illumination time. These results showed that N-TiO2/SiO2 with molar Ti:N=2:1 gives the highest degradation efficiency of paraquat under visible light. This catalyst was stable and reusable suggesting it can be applied to treat organic pollutant in water. 


Keywords


TiO2, photocatalyst, N dopping , paraquat.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15625/2525-2518/55/4C/12164 Display counter: Abstract : 172 views. PDF : 95 views.

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