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Enhanced photocatalysis using side-glowing optical fibers coated with Fe-doped TiO2 nanocomposite thin films

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Enhanced photocatalysis using side-glowing optical fibers coated with Fe-doped TiO2 nanocomposite thin films
Abstract

•Photocatalytic degradation of organics was enhanced by doping Fe in TiO2 films.•Polymer assisted hydrothermal deposition was effective to grow photocatalyst films.•Photocatalytic degradation followed Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model.•Photocatalytic performance of used catalysts can be reactivated and regenerated.

This study characterized and evaluated photocatalytic efficiency of Fe-doped TiO2 (Fe–TiO2) nanocomposite thin films coated on side-glowing optical fibers (SOFs) for organic contaminant degradation. For the first time Fe–TiO2 thin films with mixed anatase and rutile phases were successfully grown on SOFs using polymer assisted hydrothermal deposition (PAHD) method. The photocatalyst films were characterized using transmission and scanning electron microscopes, energy-dispersive X-ray, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopes. The photocatalytic efficiencies of the catalysts coated SOFs were studied by the degradation of Rhodamine B as a representative organic contaminant. The results showed that 5% Fe–TiO2 thin films (Fe:TiO2 molar ratio), mixture of anatase and rutile phases, achieved the highest photocatalytic activity under the irradiation of ultraviolet (UV) and visible light. The coupled adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation of Rhodamine B by the SOFs coated with photocatalyst nanocomposite thin films followed the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model, and the apparent first-order rate constants achieved 0.50 h−1 and 0.33 h−1 under UV and visible light irradiation, respectively. Photocatalytic degradation efficiency was affected by pH and initial organic concentration. Reactivation and regeneration of the used catalysts, and long-term photoactivity testing of catalysts coated SOFs demonstrated the durability of synthesized photocatalysts for water treatment.

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Keywords
Photocatalysis; Side-glowing optical fiber; Organic degradation; Fe–TiO2; Nanocomposite thin film; Water treatment
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volumes 307–308, 1 July–1 August 2015, Pages 88–98
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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