Photocatalysis of 17α-ethynylestradiol and estriol in water using engineered immersible optical fibres and light emitting diodes

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Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2020, 33
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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd This research aims to promote photocatalysis of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water. Two reactor setups with (i) modified air-clad optical fibres and (ii) waterproof LED strips were utilised to transmit light to photocatalysts P25 TiO2 and gold-modified TiO2 (Au-TiO2). The performances to photodegrade 17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2) and estriol (E3) under Cool White and UVA high efficacy LEDs were examined. Au-TiO2 showed superior photocatalytic activity for EE2 removal over P25 TiO2. The pseudo first-order rate constants for EE2 photocatalysis under UVA were 0.55 h−1 and 0.89 h−1 for TiO2 and Au-TiO2, respectively. E3 was effectively degraded by Au-TiO2 in the immersible LED strip reactor (0.13 h−1).
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