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Visible light activated TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocatalyst to destroy organic contaminants in water.
Virkutyte, J., V. Jegatheesan, AND R. S. VARMA. Visible light activated TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocatalyst to destroy organic contaminants in water. Bioresource Technology. Elsevier Online, New York, NY, 113: 288-293, (2012).
Hybrid TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose (MC) nanophotocatalyst was prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign precursors such as MC and TiCl4. The as-prepared nanocomposite was characterized by XRD, XPS, BET surface area analyzer, UV–vis DRS and TGA. Surface morphology was assessed by the means of SEM and HR-TEM. Statistics-based factorial design (FD) was adopted to investigate the effect of precursors concentrations and therefore to optimize the nanocomposite synthesis through catalytic adsorption of methylene blue (MB) from aqueous solutions. The results indicated that TiO2/MC nanocomposites were photocatalytically active in diminishing 40–90% of MB in 4 h.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY
SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY DIVISION
CLEAN PROCESSES BRANCH