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Rubber sheet strewn with TiO2 particles: photocatalytic activity and recyclability.

Journal of environmental sciences (China) (2012-06-05)
Chaval Sriwong, Sumpun Wongnawa, Orasa Patarapaiboolchai
ABSTRACT

A new method for the preparation of rubber sheet strewn with titanium dioxide particles (TiO2-strewn sheet) is presented. This simple and low cost method is based on the use of TiO2 powder (Degussa P25) being strewn onto the sheet made from rubber latex (60% HA) through a steel sieve. The characteristic of the TiO2-strewn sheet was studied by using scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM/EDS) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) techniques. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2-strewn rubber sheet was evaluated using Indigo Carmine (IC) dye as a model for organic dye pollutant in water. The results showed that the TiO2-strewn sheet could degrade IC dye solution under UV light irradiation. The effects of pH, initial concentration, and the intensity of UV light on the photodegradation were also investigated. Kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation was of the first-order reaction. The used TiO2-strewn sheet can be recovered and reused. The recycling uses did not require any cleaning between successive uses and no decline in the photodegradation efficiency was observed compared with freshly prepared TiO2-strewn sheet.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
Indigo carmine, certified by the Biological Stain Commission, Dye content 85 %
Sigma-Aldrich
Indigo carmine, for microscopy (Bact., Hist.), indicator (pH 11.5-14.0)
Supelco
Indigo carmine, analytical standard