Visible light-driven photocatalytic degradation of 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene with synthesized Co3O4 photocatalyst

Chuang Wang, Bozhi Ren, Andrew Hursthouse, Baolin Hou, Yazhou Peng

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Abstract

A cubic crystal form Co3O4 was synthesized using the sol-gel method and applied as catalyst in the visible light-driven photocatalytic degradation of 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (1,2,,4-TCB). 1,2,4-TCB removal efficiency initially increased and was followed by a gentle decrease as the Co3O4 dosage increased, with the optimal dosage of 2.0 g/L. The degradation rate changed positively with light intensity and reaction temperature. However, pH exerted only a slight effect on 1,2,4-TCB degradation. Strong acidic and basic
conditions were conducive to the photocatalytic degradation of 1,2,4-TCB. The optimal parameters for the photocatalytic degradation of 1,2,4-TCB were found at a Co3O4 dosage of 2.0 g/L, 350 W of illumination intensity, initial 1,2,4-TCB concentration of 7.5 mg/L at 30ºC, with 1,2,4-TCB removal efficiency of 90.13% after 6.0 hours photocatalytic degradation. The Co3O4 synthesized in the study with high-purity and stable properties guaranteed its high catalytic activity and stability. The possible mechanisms of visible light-driven photocatalytic degradation of 1,2,4-TCB with synthesized Co3O4 photocatalyst were also proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2285-2292
Number of pages8
JournalPolish Journal of Environmental Studies
Volume27
Issue number5
Early online date13 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2018

Keywords

  • visible light-driven photocatalyst
  • Co3O4
  • photocatalytic degradation
  • 1,2,4-TCB

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