Development of a novel method to prepare Fe- and Al-doped TiO2 from wastewater

Korean Soc Industrial Engineering Chemistry
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Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 2009, 15 (4), pp. 476 - 482
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A simple and novel method to synthesize iron and aluminium-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) was investigated. Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) was used as a coagulant to remove organic matter from wastewater. The settled floc (sludge) was dewatered and incinerated at 600 degrees C after TiCl4 flocculation. The resultant by-product from the waste sludge was valuable TiO2. TiCl4 coagulant was added with FeCl3 and Al-2(SO4)(3) coagulants to dope iron and aluminium on TiO2 in a flocculation process. The effect of iron and aluminium on TiO2 was investigated in terms of scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive Xray (SEM/EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical absorbance and photocatalytic activity. The majority of Fe/TiO2 and Al/TiO2 particles were found to be less than 1 mu m size formed by 0.1 mu m agglomerates using SEM analysis. Fe/TiO2 included Ti, O, C, P and Fe elements and Al/TiO2 consisted of Ti, O, C, P and Al elements as confirmed by EDX results. Remaining organic carbon from the settled organic matter was the source of C atom in TiO2 whereas the P atom in TiO2 came from phosphorus nutrient present in wastewater. The majority of acetaldehyde with Fe/TiO2 and AI/TiO2 was significantly removed under UV irradiation within 60 min. However, at higher iron concentration, acetaldehyde removal decreased by almost 50%. Under visible light irradiation, the photo-decomposition of acetaldehyde using the Fe/TiO2 and Al/TiO2 was marginal.
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