InVO4/TiO2 composite for visible-light photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol in wastewater.

Environmental technology (2014-08-26)
J Rashid, M A Barakat, S L Pettit, J N Kuhn
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InVO4/TiO2 composite was synthesized via amalgamation of InVO4 with TiO2 (Degussa P-25) powders. Application of the produced composite was evaluated as a catalyst for visible-light photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) in synthetic wastewater solutions. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy energy dispersive X-ray microanalyses and nitrogen physisorption. The degradation of 2-CP was affected by solution pH, light intensity, photocatalyst dosage and 2-CP initial concentration. InVO4/TiO2 showed higher photocatalytic degradation of 2-CP as compared with Degussa P-25 TiO2. Complete degradation of 2-CP was achieved with the InVO4/TiO2 catalyst under optimized conditions (1 g/L catalyst with a pollutant concentration of 50 mg/L at solution pH 5 and irradiation time of 180 min). Comparatively, 2-CP degradation efficiency of 50.5% was achieved with the TiO2 (Degussa P-25) at the same experimental conditions. The study confirmed that InVO4/TiO2 has high potential for degradation of 2-CP from wastewater under visible-light irradiation.

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