Visible light TiO2 photocatalysts assessment for air decontamination

M. M. Ballari, J. Carballada, R. I. Minen, F. Salvadores, H. J.H. Brouwers, O.M. Alfano, A.E. Cassano

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Different visible light responses of commercial TiO2 photocatalysts are assessed for their application in air decontamination. To do that the modified TiO2 catalysts were immobilized on borosilicate glass plates according to a dip coating method. Then, the photocatalytic performance of these plates was evaluated in a continuous gas flat plate photoreactor irradiated with visible light lamps using two representative air pollutants: nitrogen oxide and acetaldehyde. Working under visible light, the modified TiO2 catalysts were compared by means of efficiency parameters: the true quantum efficiency, which relates the moles of degraded pollutant with the moles of the absorbed photons, and the apparent photonic efficiency, which relates the moles of degraded pollutant with the moles of incident photons. Also, the photocatalytic pollutants degradation by immobilized modified TiO2 could be related with their optical properties, finding a clear correlation between them. These results are useful to decide which TiO2 will be more efficient for a full scale air decontamination process under visible light illumination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-133
Number of pages10
JournalProcess Safety and Environmental Protection
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • Acetaldehyde
  • Air purification
  • Efficiency
  • Nitrogen oxide
  • Photocatalysis
  • Visible light

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