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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 10, No. 6, 2013, pp. 1265-1274
Bioline Code: st13123
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. 6, 2013, pp. 1265-1274

 en Photocatalytic degradation of azo dye Orange II in aqueous solutions using copper-impregnated titania
Divya, N.; Bansal, A. & Jana, A. K.


During dyeing process, industries consume large quantity of water and subsequently produce large volume of wastewater. This wastewater is rich in color and contains different dyes. Orange II is one of them. In this article, metal-impregnated TiO 2 P-25 catalyst was used to enhance the photocatalytic degradation of Orange II dye. Photodegradation percentage was followed spectrophotometrically by the measurements of absorbance at λ max = 483 nm. The effect of copper-impregnated TiO 2 P-25 photocatalyst for the degradation of Orange II has been investigated in terms of percentage removal of color, chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total organic carbon (TOC). As such 98 % color removal efficiency, 97 % percentage removal of COD and 89 % percentage removal of TOC was achieved with TiO 2 P-25/Cu catalysts under typical conditions. Copper-impregnated TiO 2 P-25 photo- catalyst showed comparatively higher activity than UV/ H 2 O 2 homogeneous photodegradation. The relative electrical energy consumption for photocatalytic degradation was considerably lower with TiO 2 P-25/Cu photocatalyst han that with homogeneous photodegradation. Transmission electron microscopic analysis was used for catalyst characterization.

Degradation; Electrical energy requirement per order; Mineralization; Orange II; Photocatalyst; Transmission electron microscopic analysis

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