H2O2/TiO2 Photocatalytic Oxidation of Metol. Identification of Intermediates and Reaction Pathways (Journal article)

Aceituno, M./ Lunar, L. M./ Stalikas, C. D./ Rubio Bravo, S./ Perez Bendito, M. D.

The applicability of H2O2 to increase the efficiency of TiO2 photocatalytic degradations was investigated. The photographic developer metol [N-methyl-p-aminophenol] that does not adsorb on the surface of TiO2 particulates was used as a model for this purpose. It was proved that metol was mineralised under oxidation with H2O2/TiO2/UV through different thermal and photochemical reactions. Identification of intermediates by both HPLC-electron impact-MS and HPLC-electrospray ionisation-MS helped to elucidate the role of H2O2 and TiO2 in the degradation process and to establish degradation pathways. Intermediates yielded were partially oxygenated aromatic species and dimers, which were amenable to oxidation. The optimal degradation conditions found for mineralisation were 0.4M H2O2, 5 mg/ml TiO2, pH 9 and irradiation centred at 360nm (4.9mW/cm2). The use of oxidants opens an interesting medium to the treatment of effluents containing a diversity of organics since they increase substantially the efficiency of TiO2 photocatalytic degradations.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Θετικών Επιστημών. Τμήμα Χημείας
Keywords: Metol,Photographic developers,Advanced oxidation process,Titanium dioxide photocatalytic oxidation,Hydrogen peroxide oxidation
URI: https://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/8059
ISSN: 0043-1354
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135402000611#
Publisher: Elsevier
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