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Author(s): Maria J. Sampaio
Cláudia G. Silva
Adrián M. T. Silva
Luisa M. Pastrana-Martínez
Changseok Han
Sergio Morales-Torres
José L. Figueiredo
Dionysios D. Dionysiou
Joaquim L. Faria
Title: Carbon-based TiO2 materials for the degradation of Microcystin-LA
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: The photocatalytic degradation of a cyanobacterial toxin, microcystin-LA (MC-LA), was studied in aqueous solutions under both simulated solar light and visible light irradiation. Neat TiO2 and carbon-based TiO2 materials, prepared with carbon nanotubes (CNT) or graphene oxide (GO), were compared. The highest photocatalytic activity was obtained with a GO-TiO2 composite comprising 4 wt.% of carbon content (GO-TiO2-4). Complete conversion of MC-LA was achieved under solar light irradiation in 5 min. GO-TiO2-4 was also active under visible light illumination, with 88% of MC-LA removal in 2 h.The high photocatalytic activity of GO-TiO2-4 was attributed to the optimal assembly and interfacial coupling between the TiO2 nanoparticles and the GO sheets that can effectively inhibit electron/hole recombination. Reaction intermediates of MC-LA photocatalytic degradation were also identified by LC/Q-TOF and LC/MS/MS, most of them resulting from the attack of hydroxyl radicals to the MC-LA molecule under solar light irradiation.
Subject: Engenharia química
Chemical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia química
Engineering and technology::Chemical engineering
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/UID/EQU/50020/2013- POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006984/Laboratório de Processos de Separação e Reação - Laboratório de Catálise e Materiais/LSRE-LCM
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/PEst-C/EQB/LA0020/2013/PROJECTO ESTRATÉGICO - LA 20 - 2013-2014/LA 20
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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