Photodegradation of Chlorinated Organic Wastes with n-TiO2 Promoted by P-CuO

Hui Jean Chiang*, Jyh Mirng Shyuu, Chong Mou Wang

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A variety of chlorinated organic wastes were photodecomposed with p-CuO-modified TiO2 particles (denoted CuO/TiO2). Based on the photoactivity measured in oxygenated solutions containing sodium 2,2′-dichloropropionate, the photoactivity of TiO2 is significantly enhanced with p-CuO loading; in the case with 0.4 wt% of CuO, the activity is increased by a facor of 4. Photochemical-TiO2-slurry cell techniques and voltammetric characterizations suggest this CuO-promoted enhancement is likely to result from the acceleration of oxygen reduction at TiO2 via CuIIO/CuIO. Long-term tests showed that these CuO/TiO2 particles are photochemically robust; within 100-hours' continuous photolysis, insignificant loss in photoactivity was detected. However, increasing loading of p-CuO may jeopardize the photoactivity, due to the deterioration in the TiO2 absorbability of UV irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Chinese Chemical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Chlorinated organics
  • Photochemicalslurry cell
  • Photodegradation
  • n-Titanium dioxide
  • p-Copper oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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