The Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Tert-butyl Ether Under Pd/ZnO and Visible Light Irradiation


SEDDIGI Z. S. , AHMED S. A. , Bumajdad A., DANISH E. Y. , SHAWKY A. M. , GONDAL M. A. , ...Daha Fazla

PHOTOCHEMISTRY AND PHOTOBIOLOGY, cilt.91, ss.265-271, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 91 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/php.12391
  • Dergi Adı: PHOTOCHEMISTRY AND PHOTOBIOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.265-271

Özet

Methyl tert-butyl ether is a commonly used fuel oxygenate that is present in gasoline. It was introduced to eliminate the use of leaded gasoline and to improve the octane quality because it aids in the complete combustion of fuel by supplying oxygen during the combustion process. Over the past decade, the use of MTBE has increased tremendously worldwide. For obvious reasons relating to accidental spillage, MTBE started to appear as an environmental and human health threat because of its nonbiodegradable nature and carcinogenic potential, respectively. In this work, MTBE was degraded with the help of an advanced oxidation process through the use of zinc oxide as a photocatalyst in the presence of visible light. A mixture of 200 mg of zinc oxide in 350mL of 50 ppm MTBE aqueous solution was irradiated with visible light for a given time. The complete degradation of MTBE was recorded, and approximately 99% photocatalytic degradation of 100 ppm MTBE solution was observed. Additionally, the photoactivity of 1% Pd-doped ZnO was tested under similar conditions to understand the effect of Pd doping on ZnO. Our results obtained under visible light irradiation are very promising, and they could be further explored for the degradation of several nondegradable environmental pollutants.