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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 31, Number 6
BKCSDE 31(6)
June 20, 2010 

Kinetic Study of the Visible Light-Induced Sonophotocatalytic Degradation
of MB Solution in the Presence of Fe/TiO2-MWCNT Catalyst
Kan Zhang, Won Chun Oh*
Fe/TiO2-MWCNT catalyst, Ultrasound, Visible light, MB
In order to effective degradation of organic dye both under visible light or ultrasonic irradiation, the MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotube) deposited with Fe and TiO2 were prepared by a modified sol-gel method. The Fe/TiO2- MWCNT catalyst was characterized by surface area of BET, scanning electron microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The low intensity visible light and low power ultrasound was as an irradiation source and the methylene blue (MB) was choose as the model organic dye. Then degradation experiments were carried out in present of undoped TiO2, Fe/TiO2 and Fe/TiO2-MWCNT catalysts. Through the degradation of MB solution, the results showed the feasible and potential use of Fe/TiO2-MWCNT catalyst under visible light and ultrasonic irradiation due to the enhanced formation of reactive radicals as well as the possible visible light and the increase of ultrasound-induced active surface area of the catalyst. After addition of H2O2, the MB degradation rates have been accelerated, especially with Fe/TiO2- MWCNT catalyst, in case of that the photo-Fenton reaction occurred. The sonophotocatalysis was always faster than the respective individual processes due to the more formation of reactive radicals as well as the increase of the active surface area of Fe/TiO2-MWCNT catalyst.
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