Surface acidity and reactivity of β-FeOOH/Al2O3 for pharmaceuticals degradation with ozone: In situ ATR-FTIR studies
The surface acidity and reactive activity of β-FeOOH, mesoporous alumina (MA), β-FeOOH/MA were investigated in catalytic ozonation of pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) aqueous solution. β-FeOOH/MA showed high efficiency for the degradation and mineralization of ibuprofen and ciprofloxacin. Its surface Lewis acid sites on β-FeOOH/MA were more greatly enhanced compared with those on MA and β-FeOOH. In situ attenuated total reflection FTIR (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy was used to investigate the interaction of D2O and O3 with the catalysts in aqueous phase under various conditions. The dissociative chemisorptions of D2O occurred at the surface Lewis acid sites of the catalyst. Furthermore, O3 interacted with the surface hydrogen-bonded –O–D and D2O to initiate reactive oxygen species (ROS). The stronger Lewis acid sites of β-FeOOH/MA caused the more chemisorbed water enhancing the interaction with ozone, resulting in higher catalytic reactivity. The observations verified that the Lewis acid sites were reactive centers for the catalytic ozonation of PhACs in water.
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 97, Issues 3–4, 18 June 2010, Pages 340–346