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Preparation of RGO-P25 Nanocomposites for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Ammonia in Livestock Farms

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Chongqing Academy of Animal Sciences, Chongqing 402460, China
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Scientific Observation and Experiment Station of Livestock Equipment Engineering in Southwest, Ministry of Agriculture, Chongqing 406420, China
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College of Geology and Environment, Xi’an University of Science and Technology, Xi’an 710054, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(5), 189; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8050189
Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 24 April 2018 / Accepted: 28 April 2018 / Published: 3 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Oxidation in Environmental Protection)
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Abstract

In this paper, the Hummer’s method was used to prepare the compound catalyst of reduced graphene and TiO2 (RGO-P25), and the sand core plate was used as the carrier to provide the theoretical basis for the application of animal environmental purification by exploring the degradation of ammonia in RGO-P25. Characterization results show that the band gap of P25 is reduced from 3.14 eV to 2.96 eV after the combination of RGO, and the recombination rate of the photogenerated electrons and holes also decreased significantly, both resulting in the improvement of ammonia degradation by composite catalysts. Experimental results show that the carrier (sand core plate) and RGO-P25 are effectively stabilized with Si–O–Ti, but the blank core plate carrier could not degrade the ammonia, and its adsorption is not obvious, only 5% ± 1%, under 300 W ultraviolet lamp irradiation, the degradation rates of P25, RGO and RGO-P25 for ammonia at initial concentrations of 119–124 ppm were 72.25%, 81.66% and 93.64%, respectively. P25 dispersed through RGO can effectively adsorb ammonia on the surface to provide a reaction environment and thereby improve its photocatalytic efficiency, thus, endowing the RGO-P25 composites with higher photocatalytic degradation performance than RGO or P25 individually. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphene oxide; Reduced graphene oxide; RGO-P25; ammonia; photocatalysis graphene oxide; Reduced graphene oxide; RGO-P25; ammonia; photocatalysis
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Pu, S.; Long, D.; Liu, Z.; Yang, F.; Zhu, J. Preparation of RGO-P25 Nanocomposites for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Ammonia in Livestock Farms. Catalysts 2018, 8, 189.

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