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Catalysts 2019, 9(1), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9010082

Adsorption and Photocatalytic Decomposition of Gaseous 2-Propanol Using TiO2-Coated Porous Glass Fiber Cloth

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Center for Crystal Science and Technology, University of Yamanashi, 7-32 Miyamae, Kofu 400-8511, Japan
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Department of Material Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 6-3-1 Niijuku, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 125-8585, Japan
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Photocatalysis International Research Center, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda-shi, Chiba 278-8510, Japan
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Received: 5 December 2018 / Revised: 31 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2019 / Published: 14 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Trends in TiO2 Photocatalysis and Applications)
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Combinations of TiO2 photocatalysts and various adsorbents have been extensively investigated for eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at low concentrations. Herein, TiO2 and porous glass cloth composites were prepared by acid leaching and subsequent TiO2 dip-coating of the electrically applied glass (E-glass) cloth, and its adsorption and photocatalytic ability were investigated. Acid leaching increased the specific surface area of the E-glass cloth from 1 to 430 m2/g while maintaining sufficient mechanical strength for supporting TiO2. Further, the specific surface area remained large (290 m2/g) after TiO2 coating. In the photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous 2-propanol, the TiO2-coated porous glass cloth exhibited higher adsorption and photocatalytic decomposition ability than those exhibited by the TiO2-coated, non-porous glass cloth. The porous composite limited desorption of acetone, which is a decomposition intermediate of 2-propanol, until 2-propanol was completely decomposed to CO2. The CO2 generation rate was affected by the temperature condition (15 or 35 °C) and the water content (2 or 18 mg/L); the latter also influenced 2-propanol adsorption in photocatalytic decomposition. Both the conditions may change the diffusion and adsorption behavior of 2-propanol in the porous composite. As demonstrated by its high adsorption and photocatalytic ability, the composite (TiO2 and porous glass cloth) effectively eliminates VOCs, while decreasing the emission of harmful intermediates. View Full-Text
Keywords: photocatalyst; microporous material; composite; adsorption; air purification; TiO2; porous glass photocatalyst; microporous material; composite; adsorption; air purification; TiO2; porous glass
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Yanagida, S.; Hirayama, K.; Iwasaki, K.; Yasumori, A. Adsorption and Photocatalytic Decomposition of Gaseous 2-Propanol Using TiO2-Coated Porous Glass Fiber Cloth. Catalysts 2019, 9, 82.

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