High efficient catalytic degradation of tetracycline and ibuprofen using visible light driven novel Cu/Bi2Ti2O7/rGO nanocomposite: Kinetics, intermediates and mechanism

S. Shanavas, A. Priyadharsan, Evangelos Gkanas, R. Acevedo, P.M. Anbarasan

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    Abstract

    The photoexcited charge carriers trapping was an effective way to generate a large number of active species like O 2 •− and [rad]OH radicals to oxidize pharmaceutical molecules. In ternary Cu/Bi 2Ti 2O 7/rGO composite Cu nanoparticles and rGO sheets act as charge carrier trappers and the suppression of e -h + pair recombination was confirmed by Photoluminescence analysis. The Cu/Bi 2Ti 2O 7/rGO composite exhibited higher photocatalytic degradation efficiency for degradation of ibuprofen and tetracycline molecules under visible light irradiation within 90 min. Therefore, this research designates a promising strategy for higher photoexcited charge carrier trapping photocatalyst design for efficient degradation of pharmaceutical molecules.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)512-528
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
    Volume72
    Early online date14 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2019

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    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, [72], (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.jiec.2019.01.008

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    Keywords

    • Charge carrier trappers
    • Hydrothermal
    • Nanocomposite
    • Pharmaceutical contamination
    • Visible light-driven

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering(all)

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