Evaluating the efficiency of nano-sized Cu doped TiO2/ZnO photocatalyst under visible light irradiation

Delsouz Khaki, Mohammad Reza and Shafeeyan, Mohammad Saleh and Abdul Raman, Abdul Aziz and Daud, Wan Mohd Ashri Wan (2018) Evaluating the efficiency of nano-sized Cu doped TiO2/ZnO photocatalyst under visible light irradiation. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 258. pp. 354-365. ISSN 0167-7322, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2017.11.030.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2017.11.030


A visible light responsive photocatalyst, nano-sized copper doped TiO2/ZnO, was synthesized by sol gel method. It was characterized in terms of thermal stability, crystalline phase, crystal size, morphology, surface area, UV–Vis DRS and band gap. The results showed that the synergistic effect of copper ions considerably narrowed the band gap of the synthesized photocatalyst compared to TiO2/ZnO. Its photoactivity was then evaluated by measuring degradation efficiency of methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) in terms of colour, COD and TOC removal. The synergistic or antagonistic effects of different combinations of dye and catalyst concentrations, pH, intensity of light irradiation and reaction time on photoactivity of Cu-TiO2/ZnO were also investigated. The highest photoactivity achieved was 85.45% of colour, 70.56% of COD and 48.70% of TOC removal for MO and 73.20% of colour, 59.92% of COD and 38.77% of TOC removal for MB under optimal conditions.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya High Impact Research Grant ( HIR-MOHE- D000038-16001 ) from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photocatalyst; Cu-TiO2/ZnO; Band gap; AOP; Methyl orange; Methylene blue
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 03:59
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 03:59
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22151

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