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Molecules 2012, 17(2), 1149-1158; doi:10.3390/molecules17021149

Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange over Metalloporphyrins Supported on TiO2 Degussa P25

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Low-Carbon Chemistry & Energy Conservation of Guangdong Province, Sun Yat-sen University, 510275, Guangzhou, China
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Received: 21 November 2011 / Revised: 11 January 2012 / Accepted: 16 January 2012 / Published: 25 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tetrapyrroles, Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines)
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Abstract

The photocatalytic activity of meso-tetraphenylporphyrins with different metal centers (Fe, Co, Mn and Cu) adsorbed on TiO2 (Degussa P25) surface has been investigated by carrying out the photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible and ultraviolet light irradiation. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance UV (DRS-UV-vis) and infrared spectra. Copper porphyrin-sensitized TiO2 photocatalyst (CuP-TiO2) showed excellent activity for the photodegradation of MO whether under visible or ultraviolet light irradiation. Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) charges analysis showed that methyl orange ion is adsorbed easier by CuP-TiO2 catalyst due to the increase of induced interactions.
Keywords: metalloporphyrins; photocatalytic; methyl orange; degradation metalloporphyrins; photocatalytic; methyl orange; degradation
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Zhou, X.-T.; Ji, H.-B.; Huang, X.-J. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange over Metalloporphyrins Supported on TiO2 Degussa P25. Molecules 2012, 17, 1149-1158.

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