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        Abstract - Issue Jul 2015, 36 (4)                                                                                                             Back

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Role of active oxidative species onTiO2 photocatalysis of tetracycline and optimization of photocatalytic degradation conditions


Zhaohui Luo1*, Lu Li1, Chuanlin Wei1, Huixin Li1 and Dan Chen2

1College of Resources and Environmental Science, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing-210 095, China

2Key Laboratory of Efficient Irrigation-Drainage and Agricultural Soil-Water Environment in Southern China (Ministry of Education),

College of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing-210 098, China

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Publication Data

Paper received:

17 June 2014


Revised received:

30 September 2014


Re-revised received:

01 January 2015



07 February 2015



The optimum operating conditions for TiO2 photocatalytic degradation of tetracycline antibiotic (TC) in aqueous solution and the role of active oxidative species(AOS) from UV/TiO2 in its degradation were investigated. Response surface methodology (RSM) and central composite design (CCD) were adopted to optimize three parameters: TiO2 concentration, initial pH and UV irradiation time. Radical scavengers were added to reaction solution to assess the photocatalytic reaction mechanism of TC. The results showed that 93.1% degradation efficiency was obtained under optimum conditions established during experimentation (TiO2 concentration=2.09 g l-1, pH=5.56 and t=20.95 min). These results agree with the prediction made by the proposed model. Photocatalytic degradation of TC followed a pseudo first-order reaction rate. Photogenerated holes (h+VB) with minor participation from superoxide anions (O2-), were responsible for TC oxidation on TiO2, while hydroxyl radicals (∑OH) played a negligible role in titania-TC oxidation.     



 Key words

Active oxidative species, Photocatalytic degradation, Response surface methodology, Tetracycline, UV/TiO2 process 



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