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Title: Charge transfer between biogenic jarosite derived Fe3 + and TiO2 enhances visible light photocatalytic activity of TiO2
Authors: Chowdhury, Mahabubur 
Shoko, Sipiwe 
Cummings, Fransciuos 
Fester, Veruscha G 
Ojumu, Tunde 
Keywords: Biogenic jarosite;TiO2 photocatalysis;Charge transfer;Organic pollutant;Visible light responsive;Water treatment
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of Environmental Sciences 
Abstract: In this work, we have shown that mining waste derived Fe3 + can be used to enhance the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. This will allow us to harness a waste product from the mines, and utilize it to enhance TiO2 photocatalytic waste water treatment efficiency. An organic linker mediated route was utilized to create a composite of TiO2 and biogenic jarosite. Evidence of FeOTi bonding in the TiO2/jarosite composite was apparent from the FTIR, EFTEM, EELS and ELNEFS analysis. The as prepared material showed enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO2, biogenic jarosite and mechanically mixed sample of jarosite and TiO2 under both simulated and natural solar irradiation. The prepared material can reduce the electrical energy consumption by 4 times compared to pristine P25 for degradation of organic pollutant in water. The material also showed good recyclability. Results obtained from sedimentation experiments showed that the larger sized jarosite material provided the surface to TiO2 nanoparticles, which increases the settling rate of the materials. This allowed simple and efficient recovery of the catalyst from the reaction system after completion of photocatalysis. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of the composite material was due to effective charge transfer between TiO2 and jarosite derived Fe3 + as was shown from the EELS and ELNEFS. Generation of OH was supported by photoluminesence (PL) experiments.
ISSN: 1001-0742
Appears in Collections:Eng - Journal articles (DHET subsidised)

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