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Bulk and Nanocatalysts Applications in Advanced Oxidation Processes

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Luma Majeed Ahmed

Submitted: September 28th, 2020 Reviewed: September 29th, 2020 Published: November 3rd, 2020

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.94234

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Abstract

Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are considered to be vital methods for treating the contaminations produced mainly by the human activations. In present-day, UV light or solar light, bulk and nano- photocatalysts are often used to enhance this technology by creating the highly reactive species such as the hydroxyl radicals. Extreme hydroxyl radical is considered as a key to start the photoreaction. Photoreaction is widely used in treatment of Lab and industrial contaminations, preparation of compounds and produced the renewable energy, so it’s classified as green technique. In order to improve the efficiency of this reaction with fabrication the surface of the used photocatalyst such as metal doped, sensitized and produced a composite as bulk catalyst or nano catalyst.

Keywords

  • nanocatalysts
  • bulk catalyst
  • advanced oxidation processes
  • wastewater treatment
  • photocatalysis
  • Fenton reaction
  • photo-Fenton

1. Introduction

In this section, the advanced Oxidation Processes concepts will be related to use of the bulk and the nano- catalysts as vital materials for easily generating a highly oxidizing species and reactive oxygen species (ROSs) such as in aqueous or alcoholic solution [1]. ROSs are contains three primary kinds: superoxide anion (O2•−), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and the hydroxyl radical (HO) [2], which produced from reaction of adsorbed oxygen molecule on catalyst’s surface with one electron in conductive band under illumination by light as UV, or visible or solar light, this mechanism is useful to reduce the recombination process and increased the life time of hole in valance band [3, 4]. As explained in Figure 1.

Figure 1.

Essential mechanism for generating the ROSs under illumination of photo-catalyst particles [1].

The ROSs are having the electron configurations as tabled in Table 1 [5, 6, 7, 8].

Table 1.

Electronic configurations and chemical formulas for the ROSs types.

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2. Advance oxidation process applications

In the last few years, several researches have predominated in many universities and research centers on the scientific ventures to mainly treat the contaminations that produced by textile factories [9, 10, 11], reduced the degradation of food’s dye [12], decolorization of colored organometallic complexes [13], degradation of toxic cyclic compounds [14] and produced a hydrogen from alcohol as renewable energy [15]. The effective materials for all above mention research are generated the hydroxyl radical in aqueous solution with maximum oxidation power equals to 2.8 V [1]. Based on to the AOPs, the common sources for creation of.OH in AOPs are illustrated in Figure 2, which regards as power to star the dark or photo reactions [1, 16, 17, 18, 19].

Figure 2.

Schematic diagram of common sources of.OH in advanced oxidation processes.

Fortunately, the benefits of AOPs are more than those of drawbacks. The benefits of AOPs are summarized up as [1, 20] follows to:

  1. Create a large number of free radicals species.

  2. Have the appropriate potential to depress the hazardous organic pollutants by complete their mineralization and producing CO2 and H2O.

  3. Reduce the time of dark or photoreaction.

  4. Have low economic cost.

Whereas, the drawbacks of AOPs [1, 21] are quenching the reaction rate with increasing the scavenger contains (mostly peroxide ion) and may be generated the undesirable hazardous products that prevented the complete of mineralization process, hence, the altered of pH or using further cost steps may be essentially to treat their problems.

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3. Bulk and nano-catalysts

In general, the catalysts may be metal or alloy or semiconductor. Semiconductor is wide used as catalyst and can be element or compound as amorphous or crystalline or rock salt crystal. Because of semiconductors have intermediate properties between metal and insulator, which has given them rescannable electronic and structural properties, hence, semiconductor is classified as a better-known kinds, as mentioned in Figure 3 [22, 23, 24].

Figure 3.

Better-known kinds of semiconductors.

The usages of the bulk and nano catalysts are increment with increasing the development of life activations. The catalysts were known for the long time to increase the rate of reaction with decreasing the time of reaction and the activation energy in dark reaction or photoreaction. In order to use the catalyst in photoreaction as photo catalyst, must have a band gap with raged about 1.1 eV to 5.0 eV [1, 24]. Referring to Figure 4, several band gap energy positions of some common photo catalysts can be displayed [1, 25, 26, 27].

Figure 4.

Band gap energy positions of different photo-semiconductor at pH = 1.

The mainly problem in bulk and nano catalyst is recombination process, which results in diminishing the efficiency of used photocatalyst by returning the photoelectron from conductive band to valance band and reacting with photohole immediately. The recombination includes four kinds can be followed in Table 2 and Figure 5 [1, 28, 29, 30].

KindsOther nameInfoType of photocatalyst
Direct recombinationBand-to- band recombinationIn this kind, the transition occurrs as a radiative transition in direct band gap semiconductor. It is created when the Free photo electron in CB drops directly into free photo hole (an unoccupied state) in the VB and associated together. Note Figure 5(A).ZnO have a direct band gap.
Volume recombinationCenters recombination or Trap-assisted recombinationThis case obtains, when defect of semiconductor by impurities that given a new levels (as traps of photoelectron and photohole). It leads to liberate heat as phonon in indirect band gap semiconductor. Note Figure 5(B).Pure TiO2 and defect of TiO2 by metal, which had given an indirect band gap.
Surface recombinationRecombination of an excitonThis case occurs at low temperature, when the traps at or near the surface or interface of the semiconductor, capture the photo electron- hole as exciton. That attitude to dangling bonds caused by the sudden discontinuation of the semi-conductor crystal with energy just below the band gap value. Note Figure 5(C).It happed in solar cells and light emitting diode (LED) containing shallow levels.
Auger recombinationThis recombination involves three carriers: Free photo electron, free photo whole recombine, and the emitting the energy as heat or as a photon (non-radiative process). The transition of energy deals with as intra-band transitions, which resulting when either electron elevates in higher levels of conduction band or hole deeper push into the valence band. Note Figure 5(D).This case can be obtained wit short lifetime when heavy doping defects (like Ag) in direct-gap semiconductors under present sunlight.

Table 2.

The most common recombination types concepts.

Figure 5.

The schematic diagram of the most common recombination kinds.

In order to improve the activity of photocatalysts must depress the recombination with modify their surfaces with three main methods: surface sensitization, metalized photocatalyst surface and coupled for two or more photocatalysts as Composite. The details of these modification methods are mention in Table 3 and Figure 6 [40].

Table 3.

The description of the methods for modifying photocatalysts [31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39].

Figure 6.

Schematic diagram for modification of photocatalyst surface [40].

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4. Used of bulk or nano catalyst in AOPs

There are many common application of AOPs in environment fields by using the white photocatalyst or its modified such as ZnO, TiO2 ZrO2, ZnS, WO3, CdS and Mn3O4. The efficiencies with used these photocatalysts are altered with using AOPs methods. The efficiency of the photoreaction depends mostly on the concentration of colored material, initial pH which affected on the surface of photocatalyst and the temperature. As shown in Table 4.

Application fieldType of used AOPsEfficiencyReferences
Textile dye
Reactive red 2 dye
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO/H2O289.8% (Photodecolorization)
(5 mmole/L) of H2O2
(T = 25°C), (pH = 10)
[41]
Textile dye
direct orange dye
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO92.7%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 35°C), (pH = 6.68)
[42]
Textile dye
reactive yellow 14 dye
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO91.41%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 38°C), (pH = 6.75)
[43]
Industrial dye
Chlorazol black BH dye
O2/UV-A/ZnO99.07%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 15°C), (pH = 7.63)
[44]
Industrial dye
Acid Red 87(Eosin (Eosin Yellow) dye
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ZnO
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO
O2/Solar/ZnO
74.4.5%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 38°C), (pH = 8.6)
98.5%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 38°C), (pH = 8.6)
96.5%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 42°C), (pH = 8.6)
[32]
Textile dye
Dispersive yellow 42 dye
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ZnO
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ZnO/Fe2+
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ZnO/Fe2++1% H2O2
94.40%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 20°C), (pH = 7.7)
60.86% (Photodecolorization)
(T = 20°C), (pH = 7.7)
16.44% (Photodecolorization)
(5 x 10−4 mole/L) of Fe2+
(T = 20°C), (pH = 7.7)
[10]
Drug dye
Cobalamine(Vit B12)
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO/ K2S2O8
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO/ 0.025% H2O2
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO/ K2S2O8 + 0.025% H2O2
79.33%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6.5)
88.75%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−4 mole/L) of K2S2O8
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6.5)
90.80%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6.5)
95.85%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−4 mole/L) of K2S2O8
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6.5)
[19]
Food dye
Carmoisine (E122) dye
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO/ 0.1% H2O2
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO/ Fe2+
73.11%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 18°C), (pH = 7.55)
62.58%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 18°C), (pH = 7.55)
36.99%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−5 mole/L) of Fe2+
(T = 18°C), (pH = 7.55)
[12]
Lab materials
Co(II) Complex of Schiff Base
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZnO99.11%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 38°C), (pH = 7.55)
[13]
Industrial dye
Methyl green dye
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ ZnO NPS
O2/UV-A(400 W)/Ag(2%) ZnO NPs
37%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 5.4)
87.37%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 5.4)
[35]
Liberated of hydrogen from Methanol as renewable energyAr/UV-B(1000 W)/ (0.5 Pt) TiO2 NPS
Ar/UV-B(1000 W)/ (0.5 Au) TiO2 NPS
8.8%
(Photo hydrogen production)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 7.3)
4.5%
(Photo hydrogen production)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 7.3)
[14]
Industrial dye
Light Green SF
Yellowish (Acid Green 5) Dye
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ TiO2
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ TiO2 NPS
90.2%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 20°C), (pH = 7.3)
88.1%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 20°C), (pH = 7.3)
[45]
Industrial dye
Safranine O Dye
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ TiO2 NPS
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ TiO2 NPS/ Fe2+
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ TiO2 NPS/ Fe2+
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ TiO2 NPS/ 0.1% H2O2
O2/UV-A(125 W)/ TiO2 NPS/ 0.1% H2O2+ Fe2+
90.2%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6)
85.92%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−4 mole/L) of Fe2+
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6)
92.73%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6)
98.83%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−4 mole/L) of Fe2+
(T = 30°C), (pH = 6)
[34]
Industrial dye
Acid Red 87 (Eosin Yellow) dye
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ TiO2 NPS
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ TiO2 NPS+ H2O2
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ WO3 NPS
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ WO3 NPS+ H2O2
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ (0.5) WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ (0.5) WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite+ H2O2
63.58%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 6.09)
50.44%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−2 mmole/L) of H2O2
(T = 25°C), (pH = 6.09)
27.84%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 6.09)
21.54%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−2 mmole/L) of H2O2
(T = 25°C), (pH = 6.09)
25.11%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 25°C), (pH = 6.09)
73.88%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−2 mmole/L) of H2O2
(T = 25°C), (pH = 6.09)
[16]
Industrial dye
Methyl green dye
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZrO2
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZrO2 + Fe2+
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZrO2 + 1.5% H2O2
O2/UV-A(250 W)/ZrO2 + K2S2O8
92.31%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 5.4)
39.93%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−4 mmole/L) of Fe2+
(T = 30°C), (pH = 5.4)
98.78%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 5.4)
74.62%
(Photodecolorization)
(1 x 10−4 mmole/L) of K2S2O8
(T = 30°C), (pH = 5.4)
[46]
Lab materials
Fe(II)-(4,5-
DIAZAFLUOREN-9-ONE 11) COMPLEX
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ Mn3O4
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ (1)Mn3O4- (4) ZrO2 nanocomposite
22.64%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 15°C), (pH = 4)
40%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 17°C), (pH = 4)
[47]
Textile dye
Reactive blue 5 dye
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ ZnS NPs
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ Cr-ZnS NPs
59%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 15°C), (pH = 6.3)
94%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 17°C), (pH = 4.1)
[36]
Industrial dye
Congo red dye
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ ZnS NPs
O2/UV-A(400 W)/ CdS-ZnS nanocomposite
95%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 7.5)
98%
(Photodecolorization)
(T = 30°C), (pH = 7.5)
[39]

Table 4.

Some applications of bulk and nano photocatalydts in AOPs, with environment chemistry and green chemistry.

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5. Conclusions

This chapter focuses on the source of hydroxyl radical which produces via the advance oxidation process. Indeed, this process interests in the forming the different species, which in the final step generates a hydroxyl radical. The photocatalyst enhances the generating of hydroxyl radicals (2.8 V) in aqueous solution under Uv- light or visible or solar. The photoexitation of photocatalyst leads to jump of electon to conductive band then return to valance band and liberates a hot this process called recombination. It is depressed the efficiency of photoreaction. However, some procedures used to modify the photocatalyst surface.

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Acknowledgments

The author wants to thank his family for helping him in carrying out this work.

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Luma Majeed Ahmed

Submitted: September 28th, 2020 Reviewed: September 29th, 2020 Published: November 3rd, 2020