Use of Ca–alginate as a novel support for TiO2 immobilization in methylene blue decolorisation

Albarelli, Juliana Q., Santos, Diego T., Murphy, Sharon, and Oelgemöller , Michael (2009) Use of Ca–alginate as a novel support for TiO2 immobilization in methylene blue decolorisation. Water Science & Technology, 60 (4). pp. 1081-1087.

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This study provides a preliminary contribution to the development of an industrial process for the UV/TiO2 water treatment by introducing a novel support for TiO2 immobilization. For the following study, Methylene Blue (MB) was chosen as the model dye to evaluate this novel immobilization system. The results showed that TiO2 immobilized in a Ca–alginate bead retained its photoactivity during all of the experiments and the TiO2-gel beads presented good stability in water for maintaining its shape after several uses. When a proportion of 10% (v/v) of these beads was used, the configuration system demonstrated an improved mass transfer and consequently enhanced degradation efficiency. Experiments were also performed using ‘recycled’ beads. The results showed an increase in the degradation efficiency when the beads were reused, with an eventual ‘self-destructive’ effect. These studies showed great promise regarding the recyclable reagents with a reduction in waste at no greater cost or reduction in efficiency. Therefore, the potential of TiO2-gel beads as a simple and environmentally friendly catalyst for continuous use was developed.

Item ID: 10225
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0273-1223
Keywords: Ca–alginate; industrial water treatment; methylene blue; photocatalyst; immobilization
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 01:31
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030503 Organic Chemical Synthesis @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences @ 100%
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