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Control of Airborne Organic Pollutants Using Plug-Flow Reactor Coated With Carbon Material-Titania Mixtures Under Visible-Light Irradiation
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Control of Airborne Organic Pollutants Using Plug-Flow Reactor Coated With Carbon Material-Titania Mixtures Under Visible-Light Irradiation
Jo, Wan-Kuen; Kang, Hyun-Jung; Kim, Mo-Keun;
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Graphene oxide (GO)-titania composites have emerged as an attractive heterogeneous photocatalyst that can enhance the photocatalytic activity of nanoparticles owing to their potential interaction of electronic and adsorption natures. Accordingly, -GO mixtures were synthesized in this study using a simple chemical mixing process, and their heterogeneous photocatalytic activities were investigated to determine the degradation of airborne organic pollutants (benzene, ethyl benzene, and o-xylene (BEX)) under different operational conditions. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results demonstrated the presence of GO for the -GO composites. The average efficiencies of the -GO mixtures for the decomposition of each component of BEX determined during the 3-h photocatalytic processes were 26%, 92%, and 96%, respectively, whereas the average efficiencies of the unmodified powder were 3%, 8%, and 10%, respectively. Furthermore, the degradation efficiency of the unmodified powder for all target compounds decreased during the 3-h photocatalytic processes, suggesting a potential deactivation even during such a short time period. Two operational conditions (air flow entering into the air-cleaning devices and the indoor pollution levels) were found to be important factors for the photocatalytic decomposition of BEX molecules. Taken together, these results show that a -GO mixture can be applied effectively for the purification of airborne organic pollutants when the operating conditions are optimized.
Heterogeneous photocatalyst;Airborne organic pollutant;Graphene- mixture;FTIR spectra;
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