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Characterization and Comparative Performance of TiO2 Photocatalysts on 6-Mercaptopurine Degradation by Solar Heterogeneous Photocatalysis

Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CIIDIR-Unidad Durango, Calle Sigma 119, Fracc. 20 de Noviembre II, Durango 34220, Mexico
Universidad Politécnica de Durango, Carretera Durango-México km 9.5, Col. Dolores Hidalgo, Durango 34300, Mexico
Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Río Papaloapan, Col. Valle del Sur, Durango 34120, Mexico
Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICATA-Unidad Legaria, Calzada Legaria 694, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México 11500, Mexico
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Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 118;
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 1 January 2020 / Accepted: 7 January 2020 / Published: 14 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Photocatalysis)
The crystallographic properties of two titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts, P25, and commercial C1-TiO2 reactive grade, were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the band-gap was calculated with UV–Vis spectrometry with integration sphere. Then, their performance was tested in the degradation of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) by heterogeneous photocatalysis with solar radiation under different pH conditions and the addition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2); the degradation efficiency was monitored by UV–Vis spectrophotometry. The XRD analysis showed that both photocatalysts studied have anatase phase, while only P25 contains rutile; the band gap values were lower, in both catalysts, than those reported for catalysts obtained by the sol-gel method. With both photocatalysts, degradation experiments showed efficiency greater than 98% in experiments in the presence of H2O2 regardless of pH. The properties of the photocatalysts, along with the data obtained from the experimentation, helped determine the best semiconductor for the degradation of 6-MP with these operating conditions in this work. View Full-Text
Keywords: kinetics; radiation; anatase; rutile; band-gap; titanium dioxide kinetics; radiation; anatase; rutile; band-gap; titanium dioxide
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González-Burciaga, L.A.; Núñez-Núñez, C.M.; Morones-Esquivel, M.M.; Avila-Santos, M.; Lemus-Santana, A.; Proal-Nájera, J.B. Characterization and Comparative Performance of TiO2 Photocatalysts on 6-Mercaptopurine Degradation by Solar Heterogeneous Photocatalysis. Catalysts 2020, 10, 118.

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