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Development of sonophotocatalytic process for degradation of acid orange 7 dye by using titanium dioxide nanoparticles/graphene oxide nanocomposite as a catalyst

(2021) Development of sonophotocatalytic process for degradation of acid orange 7 dye by using titanium dioxide nanoparticles/graphene oxide nanocomposite as a catalyst. Journal of Environmental Management. p. 12. ISSN 0301-4797

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In the present study, the sonophotocatalytic degradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) dye was evaluated. The catalyst used was the titanium dioxide nanoparticles/graphene oxide (TiO2/GO) nanocomposite, which was synthesized using the Hummers and Hoffman's method and the liquid phase deposition method. TiO2/GO nanocomposite was characterized through the analyses of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. In addition, properties of the surface area and pore size were determined by N2 adsorption-desorption and the Barrett-Joyner-Halenda methods. After modification, the nanocomposite properties showed successful stabilization of TiO2 on the graphene substrate and reduction of the recombinant carrier loads. By utilizing the proposed treatment, complete degradation of AO7 could be achieved under optimal operating parameters (pH = 5, initial concentration of AO7 dye = 50 mg/L, TiO2/GO nanocomposite dose = 0.5 g/L, UV light intensity = 36 W, ultrasonic wave intensity = 35 kHz, and reaction time = 30 min). Scavenging experiments confirmed that center dot OH and h+ radicals were the predominant species in the sonophotocatalytic degradation reactions of the AO7 dye. The stability study confirmed the excellent shelf life of the TiO2/GO nanocomposite, with only a slight reduction in the degradation efficiency of the AO7 dye (<8.27) detected, after six consecutive cycles of the sonophotocatalytic process. Studies related to the degradability of the AO7 dye and the biodegradability of the effluent from the process showed that the applied sonophotocatalytic system was able to remove the TOC concentration by 83 after a reaction time of 30 min. Moreover, the increase in the BOD5/COD ratio was also a confirmation for the increase in biodegradability of the treated AO7 dye effluent. Finally, the toxicity test showed that the growth inhibition rate of Escherichia coli (E. coli), as a viability index, decreased to about 7.34 after a reaction time of 180 min. This result indicated the formation of compounds with low toxicity and molecular weight over the reaction time of the sonophotocatalytic process of AO7 dye.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: TiO2 GO nanocomposite Acid orange 7 dye Sonophotocatalytic degradation Toxicity Catalyst stability photocatalytic degradation circular economy methylene-blue waste-water graphene removal tio2 optimization parameters oxidation Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Divisions: Education Vice-Chancellor Department > Faculty of Health > Department of Environmental Health Engineering
Page Range: p. 12
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Management
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 292
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ISSN: 0301-4797
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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