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Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 557–564 | Cite as

The influence of experimental conditions on photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue using titanium dioxide particle

  • Nattikran Yuangpho
  • Dang T. T. Trinh
  • Duangdao Channei
  • Wilawan Khanitchaidecha
  • Auppatham Nakaruk
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Abstract

In this research, the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) as a dye pollutant was investigated in the presence of commercial TiO2 particles. The physical and optical characteristics of commercial TiO2 were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET), and UV diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV–DRS) techniques. In addition, the influence of different operating parameters such as catalyst loading, pH value, and temperature on the photodegradation efficiency was evaluated. The results showed that the commercial TiO2 had an anatase phase with a surface area of 9.85 m2/g and a pore size of 85 Å; its absorbance spectrum was found to be 388 nm in the UV range involving a band gap of 3.2 eV. Besides, the optimized conditions for the highest photocatalytic activity of commercial TiO2 were 0.7 g/L of TiO2 catalyst and pH 3.0 under 50 °C of temperature, which acheived ~99% of MB removal.

Keywords

Titanium dioxide Photocatalyst Photodegradation Methylene blue 

Notes

Funding information

This research received financial support from Naresuan University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nattikran Yuangpho
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dang T. T. Trinh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Duangdao Channei
    • 3
    • 4
  • Wilawan Khanitchaidecha
    • 1
    • 2
  • Auppatham Nakaruk
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringNaresuan UniversityPhitsanulokThailand
  2. 2.Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Technology for Water Treatment, Faculty of EngineeringNaresuan UniversityPhitsanulokThailand
  3. 3.Research Center for Academic Excellence in Petroleum, Petrochemicals and Advanced MaterialsNaresuan UniversityPhitsanulokThailand
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceNaresuan UniversityPhitsanulokThailand
  5. 5.Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringNaresuan UniversityPhitsanulokThailand

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