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Effect of Different Radiation Sources and Noble Metal Doped onto TiO2 for Contaminants of Emerging Concern Removal

CIEPQPF—Chemical Engineering Processes and Forest Products Research Center, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Rua Sílvio Lima, 3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal
Centro de Tecnologia–Cidade Universitária–Bloco G–ala 115, COPPE–Chemical Engineering Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 21941-909, Brazil
Department of Bioprocess Engineering, Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering, Lodz University of Technology, Wolczanska 213, 90-924 Lodz, Poland
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Water 2019, 11(5), 894;
Received: 7 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 24 April 2019 / Published: 28 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Oxidation Technologies in Industrial Wastewater Treatment)
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Water scarcity is a worldwide problem boosted by global warming and pollution of anthropogenic origin. The contaminants of emerging concern in water sources are increasing due to the inefficiency of conventional wastewater treatments, and these should be mitigated. Advanced oxidation processes appear as suitable solutions for decontamination. The photocatalytic oxidation of the mixture of sulfamethoxazole, carbamazepine and lorazepam was investigated. TiO2 modified by Ag and TiO2 modified by Pd were used as photocatalysts to improve photoactivity. The impact of light wavelengths was examined using UVA and visible radiation as well as natural sunlight. Visible light revealed the lowest ability for decontamination in 60 min of irradiation through Ag and Pd–TiO2 photocatalytic oxidation. On the other hand, UVA and sunlight in the presence of photocatalysts were able to totally remove the contaminants. This can be related to the high production of reactive oxidative species at those conditions. The increase of the noble metal load promotes the improvement of the decontamination efficiency. The kinetic rate was analyzed for UVA and sunlight radiation for different photocatalytic conditions. The presence of a natural light source without energy costs leads to an increase in the pseudo-first-order kinetic constant. Sunlight radiation with a suitable photocatalyst can be a very good option for water decontamination. View Full-Text
Keywords: sunlight; UVA radiation; visible light; decontamination; photocatalytic oxidation; pharmaceuticals sunlight; UVA radiation; visible light; decontamination; photocatalytic oxidation; pharmaceuticals

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Martins, R.C.; Domingues, E.; Bosio, M.; Quina, M.J.; Gmurek, M.; Quinta-Ferreira, R.M.; Gomes, J. Effect of Different Radiation Sources and Noble Metal Doped onto TiO2 for Contaminants of Emerging Concern Removal. Water 2019, 11, 894.

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