Photocatalytic reactions promoted by TiO2 can be affected by a large number of oxide features (e.g. surface area, morphology and phase composition). In this context, the role played by the surface characteristics (e.g. surface acidity, wettability, etc.) has been often disregarded. In this work, pristine and Ta-doped TiO2 nanomaterials with different phase composition (pure anatase and anatase/brookite mixture) were synthesized by sol–gel and characterized under the structural and morphological point of view. A careful characterization of the acid properties of the materials has been performed by liquid–solid acid–base titration by means of 2-phenylethylamine (PEA) adsorption to determine the acid site density and average acid strength. Photocatalytic tests were performed in the degradation of paracetamol (acetaminophen) under UV irradiation and results were discussed in the light of the detailed scenarios describing the different oxides. The surface acidity of the samples, was recognized as one of the key parameters controlling the photocatalytic activity. A possible molecule degradation route is proposed on the ground of GC–MS and ESI–MS analyses.

The role played by different TiO2 features on the photocatalytic degradation of paracetamol / L. Rimoldi, D. Meroni, E. Falletta, A.M. Ferretti, A. Gervasini, G. Cappelletti, S. Ardizzone. - In: APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0169-4332. - 424:(2017), pp. 198-205. [10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.03.033]

The role played by different TiO2 features on the photocatalytic degradation of paracetamol

L. Rimoldi
Primo
;
D. Meroni
Secondo
;
E. Falletta;A. Gervasini;G. Cappelletti
Penultimo
;
S. Ardizzone
Ultimo
2017

Abstract

Photocatalytic reactions promoted by TiO2 can be affected by a large number of oxide features (e.g. surface area, morphology and phase composition). In this context, the role played by the surface characteristics (e.g. surface acidity, wettability, etc.) has been often disregarded. In this work, pristine and Ta-doped TiO2 nanomaterials with different phase composition (pure anatase and anatase/brookite mixture) were synthesized by sol–gel and characterized under the structural and morphological point of view. A careful characterization of the acid properties of the materials has been performed by liquid–solid acid–base titration by means of 2-phenylethylamine (PEA) adsorption to determine the acid site density and average acid strength. Photocatalytic tests were performed in the degradation of paracetamol (acetaminophen) under UV irradiation and results were discussed in the light of the detailed scenarios describing the different oxides. The surface acidity of the samples, was recognized as one of the key parameters controlling the photocatalytic activity. A possible molecule degradation route is proposed on the ground of GC–MS and ESI–MS analyses.
Acetaminophen degradation; HR-TEM; Phenylethylamine; Surface acidity; Ta-doped TiO2; Titanium dioxide photocatalysis
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2017
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