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Reaction paths and efficiency of photocatalysis on TiO2 and of H2O2 photolysis in the degradation of 2-chlorophenol

Reaction paths and efficiency of photocatalysis on TiO2 and of H2O2 photolysis in the degradation of 2-chlorophenol

Journal of Hazardous Materials 138(1): 46-52

The kinetics of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) degradation and mineralization in the aqueous phase was investigated under irradiation at 254 nm, employing either photocatalysis in the presence of titanium dioxide, or hydrogen peroxide photolysis, to compare the efficiency of these photoinduced advanced oxidation techniques. Photocatalysis under 315-400 nm wavelength irradiation was also investigated. The concentration versus time profiles of the degradation intermediates catechol, chloro- and hydroxy-hydroquinone allowed the identification of the reaction paths prevailing under the different experimental conditions. Efficient CCl bond cleavage occurred as a consequence of direct light absorption by 2-CP, while hydroxyl radicals, photogenerated at the water-photocatalyst interface or during H(2)O(2) photolysis, were the main oxidation agents, able to attack both 2-CP and its degradation intermediates. Highest degradation and mineralization efficiencies were achieved under H(2)O(2) photolysis at 254 nm.

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Accession: 012883214

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PMID: 16787701

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2006.05.030

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