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TiO2 photocatalytic degradation of phenylarsonic acid

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Title
TiO2 photocatalytic degradation of phenylarsonic acid
Abstract

Phenyl substituted arsenic compounds are widely used as feed additives in the poultry industry and have become a serious environmental concern. We have demonstrated that phenylarsonic acid (PA) is readily degraded by TiO2 photocatalysis. Application of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model for the initial stages of the TiO2 photocatalysis of PA yields an apparent rate constant (kr) of 2.8 μmol/L min and the pseudo-equilibrium constant (K) for PA is 34 L/mmol. The pH of the solution influences the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of PA due to the surface charge of TiO2 photocatalyst and speciation of PA. Phenol, catechol and hydroquinone are observed as the predominant products during the degradation. The roles of reactive oxygen species, OH, 1O2, O2− and hVB+ were probed by adding appropriate scavengers to the reaction medium and the results suggest that OH plays a major role in the degradation of PA. By-product studies indicate the surface of the catalyst plays a key role in the formation of the primary products and the subsequent oxidation pathways leading to the mineralization to inorganic arsenic. TiO2 photocatalysis results in the rapid destruction of PA and may be attractive for the remediation of a variety of organoarsenic compounds.

Keywords
Titanium dioxide; Heterogeneous photocatalysis; Phenylarsenic acid; Degradation
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 210, Issue 1, 5 February 2010, Pages 61–68
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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