Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 417–422 | Cite as

Removal of a Commercial Dye, Alizarin Red, by Solar Photocatalysis Involving the Heterosystem ZnO–SnO2


Semiconductor ZnO–SnO2 heterostructures exhibiting higher photocatalytic activity than individual zinc and tin oxides in degradation of alizarin red S in aqueous solutions under sunlight irradiation were obtained. The optimal conditions for the process were determined, and it was shown that degradation follows a pseudo-first-order kinetics in the framework of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood model.

Key words

photocatalysis ZnO–SnO2 heterosystem alizarin red S sunlight irradiation Langmuir–Hinshelwood model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Engineering Reaction, Faculty of Mechanic and Engineering Processes USTHBAlgiersAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of Chemistry (USTHB) BP 32AlgiersAlgeria

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