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TiO2 MOCVD coating for photocatalytic degradation of ciprofloxacin using 365 nm UV LEDs - kinetics and mechanisms

Triquet, Thibaut and Tendero, Claire and Latapie, Laure and Manero, Marie-Hélène and Richard, Romain and Andriantsiferana, Caroline TiO2 MOCVD coating for photocatalytic degradation of ciprofloxacin using 365 nm UV LEDs - kinetics and mechanisms. (2020) Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 8 (6). 104544. ISSN 2213-3437

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2020.104544


This work presents a solution for the photocatalytic degradation of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (CIP) in water, without using P25 TiO2 powder and thus getting rid of expensive separation steps. It consists in using a TiO2 coating that is directly deposited on the optical window of a photocatalytic micro-reactor and 365 nm UV LEDs as radiation source. P25 TiO2 powder was also studied as reference. HPLC-MS was used to determine the transformation products and the pathways reactions. CIP was slowly degraded by the photolysis reaction at 365 nm: (75 % removal after 8 h of UV irradiation). However, no significant decrease of the total organic carbon (TOC) was noticed, thus showing the presence of transformation products not degraded by the action of UV-light alone. For a low catalyst amount (i.e 0.12 g of TiO2, whatever the form, powder or coating, per liter of contaminated water,), excellent CIP degradation by photocatalysis was observed. Complete CIP degradation after 1 h of irradiation was required using P25 and 8 h using TiO2 coating. Different preferential reaction pathways were identified for both TiO2 catalysts. The Langmuir-Hinshelwood model showed a very good representation of the kinetics, unlike its simplified pseudo-first order model. Photocatalysis experiments did not show a complete mineralization (60–70 % of TOC removal), but most of the aromatic transformation products were degraded. The last transformation products were identified as small aliphatic acids. There is therefore a real interest in using MOCVD coating of TiO2 for sustainable wastewater treatment to avoid expensive catalyst separation. A study with a spiked real effluent from a wastewater treatment plant was performed and a satisfactory degradation was obtained. Slower kinetics were found due to the presence of additional organic products and scavenger compounds such as HCO3-.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02975294
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:22 Oct 2020 13:36

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