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A Novel Method for the Combined Photocatalytic Activity Determination and Bandgap Estimation

Department Materials, Environmental Sciences and Urban Planning (SIMAU), Università Politecnica delle Marche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
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Methods Protoc. 2018, 1(2), 22;
Received: 10 May 2018 / Revised: 30 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 June 2018 / Published: 11 June 2018
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The ability of a photocatalyst to degrade a target pollutant is a commonly used method to assess its effectiveness for environmental applications, while ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry are conventional techniques for the estimation of a semiconductor band gap. In this work, an array of six light-emitting diodes (LEDs), characterized by different emission peaks between 470–370 nm and absorbed power of 3 W, was implemented into an existing standard testing apparatus for the testing of nitrogen oxides degradation in air. The abatement indexes, obtained under different LEDs irradiation, were firstly compared to the ones determined according the standard and, secondly, correlated with the measured LED emission spectrum, in order to estimate the photocatalyst band gap. Results suggest that this expeditious technique can be easily implemented into existing testing apparatus for the estimation of the band gap and for the appraisal of photocatalytic materials under realistic conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: LEDs; photocatalytic reactor; TiO2; band gap LEDs; photocatalytic reactor; TiO2; band gap

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Pierpaoli, M.; Favoni, O.; Fava, G.; Ruello, M.L. A Novel Method for the Combined Photocatalytic Activity Determination and Bandgap Estimation. Methods Protoc. 2018, 1, 22.

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