Enhanced activity and reusability of TiO2 loaded magnetic activated carbon for solar photocatalytic ozonation

D.H. Quiñones, A. Rey, P.M. Álvarez, F.J. Beltrán, P.K. Plucinski

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Magnetically separable photocatalysts with high activity under solar illumination were successfully synthesized from a commercial meso-to-microporous activated carbon. First magnetite and then titania (anatase) were deposited onto the activated carbon support by impregnation and sol–gel methods, respectively. Various catalyst samples were prepared with different iron and titania contents. The synthesized photocatalysts were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, XRD, SEM, EDX, XPS and SQUID magnetometer. Photocatalytic performance of some selected samples was examined under various irradiation conditions in the wavelength ranges of 300–800 nm, 320–800 nm and 390–800 nm. Metoprolol tartrate (MTP) in aqueous solution (50 mg L−1) was chosen as target compound for catalytic activity tests. The most efficient catalyst had TiO2 and Fe mass compositions of 64 wt% and 9 wt%, respectively. It showed high activity in photocatalytic ozonation with complete removal of MTP in less than 2 h reaction time and 85% mineralization after 5 h. This catalyst was also easily separable due to its developed magnetic properties. Catalyst reusability and stability was proved to be rather good after completing a series of 10 consecutive photocatalytic ozonation runs

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014


  • Photocatalytic ozonation
  • TiO2 magnetic photocatalyst
  • metroprolol
  • water treatment
  • reusability


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