Optimized photocatalytic degradation of Alcian Blue 8 GX in the presence of TiO2 suspensions

Anca Florentina Caliman, Corneliu Cojocaru, Apostolos Antoniadis, Ioannis Poulios
Journal of Hazardous Materials 2007 June 1, 144 (1): 265-73
The photocatalytic degradation of Alcian Blue 8 GX, a cationic copper phthalocyanine dye, has been investigated in aqueous suspensions containing the commercial catalyst TiO(2) P-25. The photodegradation of the organic molecule follows approximately a pseudo-first kinetic order, according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The effect of catalyst concentration, pH of the initial solution and the H(2)O(2) concentration upon the reaction rate was ascertained. It was shown that the photocatalytic degradation reaction can be mathematically described as a function of parameters such as pH, H(2)O(2) concentration and irradiation time, being modeled by the use of the response surface methodology. Optimized values for oxidizing agent, concentration, pH and UV exposure time for the studied system were determined.

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