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Nano-MnO₂ decoration of TiO₂ microparticles to promote gaseous ethanol visible photoremoval

Marta Stucchi, Daria C. Boffito, Eleonora Pargoletti, Giuseppina Cerrato, Claudia L Bianchi and Giuseppe Cappelletti

Article (2018)

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Cite this document: Stucchi, M., Boffito, D. C., Pargoletti, E., Cerrato, G., Bianchi, C. L. & Cappelletti, G. (2018). Nano-MnO₂ decoration of TiO₂ microparticles to promote gaseous ethanol visible photoremoval. Nanomaterials, 8(9). doi:10.3390/nano8090686
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TiO(2)-based photocatalysis under visible light is an attractive way to abate air pollutants. Moreover, developing photocatalytic materials on a large-scale requires safe and low-cost precursors. Both high-performance TiO(2) nanopowders and visible-light active noble metals do not match these requirements. Here, we report the design of novel Mn-decorated micrometric TiO(2) particles. Pigmentary TiO(2) replaced unsafe nano-TiO(2) and firmly supported MnOx particles. Mn replaced noble metals such as Au or Ag, opening the way for the development of lower cost catalysts. Varying Mn loading or pH during the impregnation affected the final activity, thus giving important information to optimize the synthesis. Photocatalytic activity screening occurred on the gas-phase degradation of ethanol as a reference molecule, both under ultraviolet (UV) (6 h) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) (24 h) irradiation. Mn-doped TiO(2) reached a maximum ethanol degradation of 35% under visible light after 24 h for the sample containing 20% of Mn. Also, we found that an acidic pH increased both ethanol degradation and mineralization to CO(2), while an alkaline pH drastically slowed down the reaction. A strict correlation between photocatalytic results and physico-chemical characterizations of the synthesized powders were drawn.

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Mn decoration; impregnation pH; micrometric TiO₂; surface hydroxyl groups; visible light photocatalysis

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Subjects: 1800 Génie chimique > 1800 Génie chimique
1800 Génie chimique > 1806 Procédés de séparation
3700 Chimie organique > 3706 Photochimie organique
Department: Département de génie chimique
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: CRSNG/NSERC, Coopération Québec-Italie 2017-2019, Canada Research Chairs Program
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 12:12
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:42
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/3574/
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Journal Title: Nanomaterials (vol. 8, no. 9)
Publisher: MDPI
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8090686


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