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Rapid photocatalytic degradation of phenol from water using composite nanofibers under UV

Mohamed, Alaaeldin Mohamed; Yousef, Samy; Nasser, Walaa S.; Osman, T. A.; Knebel, Alexander 1; Valadez Sánchez, Elvia P.; Hashem, Tawheed 1
1 Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The removal of phenol from aqueous solution via photocatalytic degradation has been recognized as an environmentally friendly technique for generating clean water. The composite nanofibers containing PAN polymer, CNT, and TiO$_{2}$ NPs were successfully prepared via electrospinning method. The prepared photocatalyst is characterized by SEM, XRD, and Raman spectroscopy. Different parameters are studied such as catalyst amount, the effect of pH, phenol concentration, photodegradation mechanism, flow rate, and stability of the composite nanofiber to evaluate the highest efficiency of the photocatalyst.

The composite nanofibers showed the highest photodegradation performance for the removal of phenol using UV light within 7 min. The pH has a major effect on the photodegradation of phenol with its maximum performance being at pH 5.

Given the stability and flexibility of the composite nanofibers, their use in a dynamic filtration is possible and can be even reused after several cycles.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000129088
Veröffentlicht am 02.02.2021
DOI: 10.1186/s12302-020-00436-0
Zitationen: 57
Zitationen: 60
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0934-3504, 1865-5084, 2190-4707, 2190-4715
KITopen-ID: 1000129088
HGF-Programm 43.22.01 (POF III, LK 01) Functionality by Design
Erschienen in Environmental sciences Europe
Verlag Springer-Verlag
Band 32
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 160
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Schlagwörter Composite nanofibers, Phenol, Photodegradation, Electrospinning, UV light
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