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Title: Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of rhodamine B in aqueous solution using Ti/TiO₂mesh photoelectrodes
Authors: Li, Xiang-zhong
Liu, H. L.
Li, Fang-bai
Mak, Chee-leung
Subjects: Titanium mesh
Titanium dioxide
Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation
Rhodamine B
Issue Date: Jan-2002
Publisher: Marcel Dekker, Inc.
Source: Journal of environmental science and health. Part A, Jan. 2002, v. 37. no. 1, p. 55-69.
Abstract: To further improve the photooxidation techniques for water and wastewater purification, a Ti/TiO₂mesh electrode, was successfully prepared by anodizing Ti mesh in 0.5M H₂SO4 solution. The structural and surface morphology of the Ti/TiO₂electrode was examined by Raman spectroscopy and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) respectively. The examination results indicated that its structure and properties were affected by its growth rate in the anodization process, and anatase TiO₂was dominant in its composition. The photocatalytic (PC) oxidation and photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) oxidation of rhodamine B in aqueous solution using the Ti/TiO₂electrode were investigated and compared. The experimental results demonstrated that the PEC oxidation by applying an electrical bias between the Ti/TiO₂electrode and Pt electrode could significantly enhance the degradation rate of rhodamine B compared with the PC oxidation. It was found that the best performance of PEC oxidation was achieved by applying the electrical bias of 0.6 V. The mechanism of rhodamine B degradation in the PEC process was discussed by studying the changes of absorbance spectrum and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of rhodamine B during the PEC degradation. The experimental results illustrated that both de-ethylation and chromogen destruction of rhodamine B under UV-light irradiation in the PEC degradation took place simultaneously.
Rights: © 2002 Marcel Dekker, Inc. This is an electronic version of an article published in Li, x. Z., Liu, H. L., Li, F. B. and Mak, C. L. (2002), Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 37: 1, 55-69. Journal of Environmental Science and Health is available online at, the open URL of the article:
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1081/ESE-100108482
ISSN: 1093-4529 (print)
1532-4117 (online)
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