Composite nanofibers/water photosplitting and photocatalytic degradation of dairy effluent

Muzafar A. Kanjwal, Wallace W.F. Leung, Ioannis S. Chronakis*

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Abstract

Photocatalytic removal of Dairy effluent (DE) was studied by using TiO2-GeO2 and TiO2-CdO nanofibers (NFs), produced by electrospinning method. These NFs were characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD studies. The TiO2-GeO2 and TiO2-CdO NFs were smooth and continuous, with an average diameter of about 273 nm and 256 nm respectively, and held their nanofibrous morphology even after more than 9 h of photocatalytic removal of DE under visible light irradiation. TiO2-GeO2 and TiO2-CdO NFs were effective materials for removal of DE, even after many runs and cycles. TiO2-GeO2 and TiO2-CdO NFs showed a maximum removal of 65% and 75%, respectively, after 3 h. The TiO2-GeO2 and TiO2-CdO NFs also showed excellent results in hydrogen release.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Volume192
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
ISSN1383-5866
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Electrospinning
  • Dairy effluent
  • Nanofibers
  • Photodegradation
  • Water photosplitting

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