Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of chlorophenols over Ag-TiO 2 nano particles in an aqueous suspension

Selvaraj Rengaraj*, Jei Won Yeon, Xiang Zhong Li, Yongju Jung, Won Ho Kim

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In the present work, TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 catalysts were prepared by an ultrasonic assisted sol-gel method. The physico-chemical characteristics studies of the newly synthesized catalysts were carried out by XRD, TEM, EDX, XPS, UV-Visible absorption spectra and an optical ellipsometry. In order to find out the optical absorption properties of the catalysts, theoretical simulations have been carried out by using the Tauc-Lorentz oscillator model. Photodegradation and mineralisation of the chlorophenols were confirmed by the HPLC and TOC measurements. The rate of a mineralisation trend was observed in the order of P < 2-CP < 2,4-DCP < 2,6-DCP < 4-CP < 2,4,6-TCP by using the Ag-TiO2 catalyst. The concentration of the main aromatic intermediate products was considerably lower for the Ag-TiO2 photocatalysts than for pure TiO2. This experiment demonstrated that the presence of Ag on TiO2 catalysts could enhance the photocatalytic oxidation of chlorophenols in an aqueous suspension. It was found that the degradation of the chlorphenols by these catalysts followed the pseudo- first order kinetic model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Nanomaterials and Processing - IUMRS - ICA - 2006 International Conference in Asia
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages4
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)3908451310, 9783908451310
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventIUMRS International Conference in Asia 2006, IUMRS-ICA 2006 - Jeju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Sept 10 2006Sept 14 2006

Publication series

NameSolid State Phenomena
NumberPART 2
ISSN (Print)1012-0394


OtherIUMRS International Conference in Asia 2006, IUMRS-ICA 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Ag deposition
  • Chlorophenols
  • Photodegradation
  • Sol-gel
  • UV light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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