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Title: Degradation of antibiotic norfloxacin in aqueous solution by visible-light-mediated C-TiO 2 photocatalysis
Authors: Chen, M
Chu, W 
Keywords: Norfloxacin
Photocatalysis
Visible-light-mediated C-TiO 2 process
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Journal of hazardous materials, 2012, v. 219-220, p. 183-189 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of hazardous materials 
Abstract: A visible-light-mediated C-TiO 2 photocatalytic process (Vis/C-TiO 2) was employed to degrade antibiotic norfloxacin. The influences of catalyst dosage, initial probe compound concentration and solution pH levels on the decay performance and reaction kinetics were investigated and optimized. Based on the experimental results, an equation was established to predict the observed rate constant under neutral pH. In addition, the decay rate was accelerated under weak alkali in the presence of moderate OH - anions. Hydroxyl radical was confirmed to play a major role in the Vis/TiO 2 process, where in the presence of OH quencher and electron acceptor, retardation and improvement were found respectively. Furthermore, an original schematic diagram describing the surface property of C-TiO 2 was built and further verified, in which, NH 4 + cations normally served as hole scavengers showed a negligible effect because the adsorbed OH - formed a barrier for NH 4 + ions to approach the holes, and the F - anions presented a significant suppression on norfloxacin decay due to the formation of hydrogen bond (OH...F) around the C-TiO 2 surface. Besides, the recycling and sedimentation tests justified that the Vis/C-TiO 2 process is a cost-effective and feasible way for wastewater treatment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/30159
ISSN: 0304-3894
EISSN: 1873-3336
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.03.074
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