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Disinfection of Staphylococcus aureus in indoor aerosols using Cu–TiO2 deposited on glass fiber under visible light irradiation

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Disinfection of Staphylococcus aureus in indoor aerosols using Cu–TiO2 deposited on glass fiber under visible light irradiation
Abstract

•This study examined the disinfection of S. aureus in aerosols by TiO2/GF and Cu–TiO2/GF.•A model was successfully designed to describe the disinfection of S. aureus in aerosols.•TiO2/GF only showed S. aureus disinfection effect under UV irradiation.•Cu doping in Cu–TiO2/GF enhanced e−/h+ pair separation efficiency and capacity of TiO2.•Cu–TiO2/GF showed high S. aureus disinfection efficiency under both UV and even visible light.

This study investigated the disinfection efficiencies of TiO2 and Cu-doped TiO2 photocatalysts, supported on glass fibers (GFs) under ultraviolet (UV) and visible irradiation, against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) contained in an indoor aerosol. GFs were used as a substrate to immobilize TiO2 and Cu-doped TiO2 in order to expand the potential applications of these photocatalysts for air purification. The synthesized TiO2 immobilized on GF (TiO2/GF) and Cu-doped TiO2 immobilized on GF (Cu–TiO2/GF) photocatalysts were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphology, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for elemental states and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis) for optical absorption properties. Under UV irradiation, the photocatalytic disinfection of S. aureus by Cu–TiO2/GF (94.54%) was higher than that by TiO2/GF (93.24%). Under visible light, TiO2/GF did not show any significant photocatalytic disinfection efficiency (3.27%), whereas Cu–TiO2/GF showed a high photocatalytic disinfection efficiency for S. aureus (over 67%), even under visible light, which was attributed to the effect of the Cu doping in increasing the electron–hole pair separation efficiency and electron–hole pair generation capacity of TiO2. Therefore, even under visible light, the Cu–TiO2/GF photocatalyst system could generate electron–hole pairs, which then reacted with water and oxygen molecules to produce oxy radicals, which are the main decomposing agents to disinfect or inactivate S. aureus in aerosols.

Keywords
Photocatalytic disinfection; Indoor bioaerosol; S. aureus; Cu doping
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volumes 307–308, 1 July–1 August 2015, Pages 16–22
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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