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Photocatalytic degradation of formic and benzoic acids and hydrogen peroxide evolution in TiO2 and ZnO water suspensions

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Photocatalytic degradation of formic and benzoic acids and hydrogen peroxide evolution in TiO2 and ZnO water suspensions
Abstract

The photocatalytic degradation of formic acid (FA) and benzoic acid (BA), chosen as model organic molecules with acidic properties, was investigated in TiO2 and ZnO water suspensions under different experimental conditions. Hydrogen peroxide evolution, formed through a reductive pathway started by conduction band electrons, was also simultaneously monitored during the degradation runs. The effect of different initial amounts of substrates and the dependence of the reaction rate on the initial pH of the TiO2 suspensions was interpreted under the light of a pseudo-steady state Langmuir–Hinshelwood rate form and of the electrostatic interactions occurring at the water–semiconductor interface. ZnO appeared a more effective photocatalyst than TiO2 for BA, but not for FA degradation. A much higher amount of hydrogen peroxide was detected in ZnO irradiated suspensions, both in the presence and in the absence of the substrates, mainly because of its lower photocatalytic decomposition rate on such oxide. The rate of hydrogen peroxide evolution during the photocatalytic oxidation of BA on TiO2 could be related to the rate of the oxidation process, while H2O2 could not be detected during the photocatalytic degradation of FA on this oxide, mainly because of the reduced shielding ability of this substrate.

Keywords
Photocatalytic degradation; Formic acid; Benzoic acid; Titanium dioxide; Zinc oxide; Hydrogen peroxide
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 180, Issues 1–2, 15 May 2006, Pages 15–22
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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