Photocatalytic degradation of dyes and pesticides in the presence of ions

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dc.contributor.advisor Aoyi, Ochieng
dc.contributor.advisor Onyango, Maurice S.
dc.contributor.author Pete, Kwena Yvonne
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-18T00:25:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-18T00:25:56Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10352/308
dc.description M. Tech. (Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology), Vaal University of Technology en_US
dc.description.abstract Water pollution caused by organic and inorganic contaminants represents an important ecological and health hazard. Simultaneous treatment of organic and inorganic contaminants had gradually gained great scientific interest. Advanced oxidation processes such as photocatalysis, using TiO2 as a photocatalyst, have been shown to be very robust in the removal of biorecalcitrant pollutants. These methods offer the advantage of removing the pollutants, in contrast to conventional techniques. At present, the main technical challenge that hinder its commercialization remained on the post-recovery of the photocatalyst particles after water treatment. Supporting of the photocatalyst on the adsorbent surface is important as it assists during the filtration step, reducing losses of the materials and yielding better results in degrading pollutants. To overcome this challenge, in this study composite photocatalysts of TiO2/zeolite and TiO2/silica were prepared and investigated to explore the possible application in the simultaneous removal of organic and inorganic compounds from contaminated water. The main objective of this study was to investigate the heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of organic compounds in the presence of metal ions using composite photocatalysts. The Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET), Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX), Raman spectroscopy (RS) and zeta potential (ZP) analyses were used to characterize the prepared composite photocatalysts. The successive composite photocatalysts were used in a semi-batch reactor under an irradiation intensity of 5.5 mW/m2 (protected by a quartz sleeve) at 25 ± 3°C for the photocatalytic degradation of synthetic textile (methyl orange) and agricultural (atrazine) wastewater in the presence of ions. The effect of operating parameters such as TiO2 composition on supporting material, particle size, composite photocatalyst loading, initial pollutant concentration and pH were optimized. The effects of inorganic salts and humic acid on dye and pesticides degradation were also studied, respectively. The performance of the photocatalyst reactor was evaluated on the basis of color removal, metal ion reduction, total organic carbon (TOC) reduction, intermediates product analysis and modeling of kinetics and isotherms. Different kinetic and isotherm models were introduced and applied in this work. Important aspects such as error functions with the optimal magnitude were used for the selection of the best suitable model. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship European Union. City of Mikkeli, Finland. Water Research Commission (RSA) en_US
dc.format.extent xvi, 123 pages: diagrams, colored illustrations en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Water pollution en_US
dc.subject Organic contaminants en_US
dc.subject Inorganic contaminants en_US
dc.subject Oxidation processes en_US
dc.subject Photocatalysis en_US
dc.subject Biorecalcitrant pollutants en_US
dc.subject Degrading pollutants en_US
dc.subject Agricultural wastewater en_US
dc.subject Dye degradation en_US
dc.subject Pesticide degradation en_US
dc.subject Kinetic models en_US
dc.subject Isotherm models en_US
dc.subject.ddc 628.166 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sewage -- Treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water -- Purification en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental chemistry en_US
dc.title Photocatalytic degradation of dyes and pesticides in the presence of ions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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