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Title: Superior photocatalytic NOx removal of cementitious materials prepared with white cement over ordinary Portland cement and the underlying mechanisms
Authors: Guo, MZ 
Poon, CS 
Keywords: Building materials
Cement types
NOx removal
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Cement and concrete composites, 2018, v. 90, p. 42-49 How to cite?
Journal: Cement and concrete composites 
Abstract: This study presents experimental results in an attempt to explain why photocatalytic cementitious materials prepared with white cement (WC) had superior photocatalytic NOx removal performance than those prepared with ordinary Portland cement (OPC). The UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) of dry WC and OPC demonstrated that OPC had a stronger light absorption ability. And electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis revealed that OPC incurred higher charge transfer resistance on the inter-surface of OPC and TiO2. Moreover, the OPC/P25 dry mixtures displayed a relatively lower photoluminescence (PL) intensity at 420 nm. The addition of iron oxide (Fe2O3) in WC caused a decrease in NOx removal, a boost in light absorption, an increase in the resistance of charge transfer, and a reduction in PL intensity. Collectively, the relatively poor performance of OPC/P25 mixtures in photocatalytic NOx removal is due to a combination of stronger light absorption and lower charge separation caused by OPC.
ISSN: 0958-9465
EISSN: 1873-393X
DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2018.03.020
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