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See detailINVESTIGATION OF NANOPARTICLES AS POTENTIAL ACTIVATORS FOR THE OPTIMIZATION OF PAH BIODEGRADATION
Masy, Thibaut ULg; Wannoussa, Wissal ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

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These last decades, through the industrial development and its imperfect waste management, the contamination by hydrocarbons in water and soils has led to a progressive deterioration of environmental ... [more ▼]

These last decades, through the industrial development and its imperfect waste management, the contamination by hydrocarbons in water and soils has led to a progressive deterioration of environmental quality, which is more and more considered nowadays. Amongst all the existing cleaning-up techniques, the bioremediation appears as the best compromise between treatment costs and effectiveness. However, this bioprocess remains time-consuming, especially for persistent pollutants as PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). A first way to improve the biodegradation consists in adding a consortium of efficient microorganisms in the polluted area (bioaugmentation). A further way to improve the bioremediation rate is based on the use of nutrients to assist the microbial metabolism (biostimulation). Our project gathers these two methods, specifically for the PAH biodegradation of polluted soils. Firstly, different suitable strains from our lab will be compared together in terms of PAH-degrading rate, in order to select the best microorganisms. As all these strains were selected from a long-term oil-polluted dried soil, they should be able to compete against the endogenous microflora, even if they are injected in the soil in a powdered starter. Secondly, trace elements in the nanoparticulate form, with concentrations of about 10-5M, will be added to catalyze the bacterial metabolism. First results already showed a sharp increase (2 to 3 fold) in the biodegradation kinetics, which is promising for the further scaling-up stages. In addition, this PhD project attempts to understand the mechanism of interaction between bacteria and nanoparticulate catalysts. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution au développement d’un procédé industriel de revêtement d’acier
Amoura, Makhlouf; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg

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See detailSol-gel preparation of pure and doped TiO2 films for the photocatalytic oxidation of ethanol in air
Cimieri, Iolanda; Poelman, Hilde; Avci, Nursen et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (2012), 63

Stable sols of TiO2 were synthesized by a non-aqueous sol-gel process using titanium (IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) as precursor. The microstructure, optical and morphological properties of the films obtained ... [more ▼]

Stable sols of TiO2 were synthesized by a non-aqueous sol-gel process using titanium (IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) as precursor. The microstructure, optical and morphological properties of the films obtained by spin-coating from the sol, and annealed at different temperatures, were investigated using SEM, TEM, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and ellipsometry. The crystalline structure of the films was characterized by X-ray diffraction and their photocatalytic activity was evaluated for the oxidation of ethanol in air. The influence of the calcination temperature, pre-heat treatment and the number of layers was studied. Simultaneous thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) measurements were carried out to ascertain the thermal decomposition behavior of the precursors. In order to obtain a higher photoresponse in the visible region, a series of vanadium-, niobium- and tantalum-doped TiO2 catalysts was synthesized by the same sol-gel method. For V doping two different precursors, a vanadium alkoxide and V2O5, were used. The effect on the crystallization and photocatalytic activity of the doped TiO2 films was investigated. Furthermore, to identify the effective composition of the samples, they were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the surface area of the powders was measured by N2 adsorption. The 10wt.% doped catalysts exhibit high photocatalytic activity under visible light and among them the best performance was obtained for the sample containing Ta as dopant. The crystallite sizes are closely related to the photocatalytic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimized deposition of TiO2 thin films produced by a non-aqueous sol-gel method and quantification of their photocatalytic activity
Malengreaux, Charline ULg; Timmermans, Adrien; Pirard, Sophie ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2012), 195-196

TiO2 thin films have been produced by a dip-coating process using a non-aqueous sol-gel method. This study investigated the influence of the operating variables such as nature of the substrate, sol ... [more ▼]

TiO2 thin films have been produced by a dip-coating process using a non-aqueous sol-gel method. This study investigated the influence of the operating variables such as nature of the substrate, sol concentration, withdrawing speed of the dip-coater and number of layers on the physico-chemical properties of the films using XRD, GIXRD, UV-Vis spectroscopy, profilometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry and SEM. Photocatalytic activity of the films was evaluated by following the degradation of methylene blue under artificial UV light at 25°C. The performances of the catalysts were compared through the reaction rate constants determined using an apparent first-order kinetic model adjusted on the experimental data. This study showed that the photocatalytic activity and the reaction rate constant depend on the film thickness through the synthesis and dipping variable, with an optimum thickness of 80 nm being observed. An optimized transparent film exhibiting a high adhesion, a well crystallized TiO2-anatase phase, a good photocatalytic activity and a reaction rate constant k equal to 0.126 h-1 was obtained using a simple process. The specific photocatalytic activity of this film was higher to the one measured for TiO2 powders in previous works. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic study of p-nitrophenol photodegradation with modified TiO2 xerogels
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Pirard, Sophie ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2012), 191

TiO2 xerogels were sensitized in one step by the in situ introduction of nickel (II) tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPPNi) into the TiO2 matrix during sol–gel synthesis. Crystalline photoactive phase ... [more ▼]

TiO2 xerogels were sensitized in one step by the in situ introduction of nickel (II) tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPPNi) into the TiO2 matrix during sol–gel synthesis. Crystalline photoactive phase TiO2-anatase was obtained without high thermal treatments and was determined by X-ray diffraction. The presence of TCPPNi in TiO2 xerogels was established by DR-UV/Vis and FT-IR spectroscopy. The introduction of porphyrin led to a diminution of the specific surface area of TiO2 xerogels, and this diminution was analyzed by nitrogen adsorption–desorption. The particle size was estimated by SEM. The xerogel surface charge state, which influences the interactions between pollutant and TiO2, was determined by measurement of the point of zero charge. The photoactivity of xerogels was evaluated for p-nitrophenol degradation in aqueous medium at 20 ◦C. Results showed that porphyrin doped TiO2 degraded more than 40% of the p-nitrophenol whereas non doped TiO2 xerogel degraded only 10% of the compound. Moreover, porphyrin was found to improve the photoactivity of TiO2 xerogels in a similar way to UV-A pretreatment. A kinetic study of p-nitrophenol degradation was then performed. Results showed that one type of active site corresponding to the hole of electron–hole pairs was created at the TiO2 surface by light and that the rate determining step was the reaction between the adsorbed p-nitrophenol molecule and the adsorbed OH• radical. The apparent activation energy was found to be equal to 12 kJ mol−1. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of photocatalysis in TiO2 thin films for air purification
Poelman, Dirk; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg

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See detailSynthesis by the sol-gel process of visible light sensitive-TiO2 for the degradation of pollutants and microorganisms
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg et al

in Récents Progrès en Génie des Procédés, Lavoisier Technique et Documentation, Volume 101, 6 p. (CD-ROM) (2011, November 29)

To stabilize the TiO2-dye interaction, free metal tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin and nickel tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin were introduced into the TiO2 matrix by cogelation rather than by grafting. DR ... [more ▼]

To stabilize the TiO2-dye interaction, free metal tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin and nickel tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin were introduced into the TiO2 matrix by cogelation rather than by grafting. DR and FT-IR spectroscopies were performed to establish the interaction between porphyrins and TiO2. Cristallinity and specific surface area were performed by XRD and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements. The photoactivity of doped-TiO2 xerogels was evaluated for p-nitrophenol and Escherichia coli degradation. Under visible light, the samples allowed the degradation of 40% of p-nitrophenol in 6 h and the elimination of 108 CFU/mL of E. coli in 48 h. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimized deposition of photocatalytic TiO2 thin films produced by a non-aqueous sol-gel method
Malengreaux, Charline ULg; Timmermans, Adrien; Pirard, Sophie ULg et al

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See detailOptimized deposition of photocatalytic TiO2 thin films produced by a non-aqueous sol-gel method
Malengreaux, Charline ULg; Timmermans, Adrien; Pirard, Sophie ULg et al

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See detailHighly efficient organic/inorganic titania xerogels for photocatalysis applications
Bodson, Céline ULg; Bied, Catherine; Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg et al

Poster (2011)

TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis is an attractive technique for the complete destruction of undesirable contaminants either in aqueous or gaseous phase by using solar or artificial light illumination ... [more ▼]

TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis is an attractive technique for the complete destruction of undesirable contaminants either in aqueous or gaseous phase by using solar or artificial light illumination. The main drawback of TiO2 is that it can be activated only by UV light because of its large band gap (3.20 eV for anatase). Thus, it would be interesting to sensitize TiO2 to the whole visible region by doping with non-metal atoms such as phosphorus. Furthermore, it was found that the P-doped species could significantly increase the specific surface area of the materials, which consequently exhibit a higher content of surface hydroxyl groups. Upon band gap excitation of TiO2, the photoinduced electrons and positively charged holes can reduce and oxidize the species adsorbed on the TiO2 particles. The high degree of recombination between photogenerated electrons and holes is a major rate-limiting factor controlling the photocatalytic efficiency. Attempts to increase the titania efficiency have been made by doping P-doped TiO2 with metals, such as Ag. In the present study, a sol-gel method is developed to synthesize P-doped TiO2 and P/Ag-codoped xerogels by a cogelation method [1] based on the hydrolysis and the condensation of Ti(OC3H7)4 in the presence of a phosphoryled compound able to complex silver: NH2-(CH2)2-NH-(CH2)2-P(O)-(OC2H5)2, EDAP), in various alcohols. These xerogels are dried at 150°C under vacuum for 24 h, and calcined under air for 5 h at 350°C, 450°C, 550°C and 650°C. The resulting materials were characterized by ICP-AES, TG-DSC, TEM, XRD, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, FT-IR and diffuse reflectance measurements in the UV/Vis region. To measure the photoactivity of these new hybrid organic/inorganic titania xerogels, all these samples were tested for the degradation of p-nitrophenol under visible light. The titanium, phosphorus and silver contents in xerogels were confirmed by ICP-AES. As expected, theoretical and actual Ti/P molar ratio and Ag contents in xerogels are similar and then after washing with THF for 48 h. These results allow to conclude that EDAP and Ag are well incorporated within the TiO2 matrix: EDAP is anchored in the titania matrix by complexation and cogelation with TTIP [2], whereas silver, first incorporated by complexation through the ethylenediamine fragment of EDAP, is present in the xerogels in the form of nanoparticles. It was found that the phosphor-doped species could significantly increase the surface area of the materials. [2] It is noteworthy that the porosity of these materials is not affected by the addition of silver acetate during the synthesis, a very slight decrease of the specific surface area being observed in all cases. The organic/inorganic hybrid titania materials display very high photocatalytic efficiencies in the degradation of p-nitrophenol compared to pure titania. Deeper investigations concerning the structure of these materials should enable a better understanding of the photocatalytic mechanisms involved with these hybrids and will soon be reported. 1. S. Lambert, K. Y. Tran, G. Arrachart, F. Noville, C. Henrist, C. Bied, J. J. E. Moreau, M. Wong Chi Man, B. Heinrichs, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 2008, 115, 609. 2. C.J.Bodson1, S.D. Lambert1, C. Alié1, X. Cattoën2, J-P. Pirard1, C. Bied2, M.Wong Chi Man2, B. Heinrichs1 ,Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 2010, 134,157 [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis by sol-gel process of visible light sensitive-TiO2 for the degradation of pollutants and microorganisms
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg et al

Poster (2011)

Since the discovery of photocatalytic decomposition of water on TiO2 electrodes by Fujishima and Honda [1], heterogenous photocatalysis has been widely studied for environmental applications ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery of photocatalytic decomposition of water on TiO2 electrodes by Fujishima and Honda [1], heterogenous photocatalysis has been widely studied for environmental applications. Photocatalytic processes are new technologies for waste water treatment because new compounds (alkanes, pesticides, dyes, etc.) in effluents are not readily degraded by the conventional treatments [2]. Oxidative processes can completely destroy organic pollutants [3] or microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) [4,5]. At this moment, the commercial Degussa P25 is the mostly used photocatalyst. Nevertheless, it requires UV light to be activated, that is why scientists try to activate TiO2 under visible light. The aim of this study is to synthesize photocatalysts activated by visible light and to evaluate their activity for the degradation of pollutants and microorganisms. The sol-gel process allows the direct introduction of visible light sensitive species like porphyrins inside the TiO2 matrix during the synthesis [6]. Two tetracarboxyphenyl porphyrins are synthesized for the sensitization of TiO2 to visible light : the metal free tetracarboxyphenyl porphyrin and the nickel tetracarboxyphenyl porphyrin. These porphyrins are characterized by 1H NMR, FT-IR and UV/Vis spectroscopies. They are introduced during the sol-gel synthesis of TiO2 matrix. Diffuse reflectance and FT-IR spectroscopies are used to ensure that porphyrins are incorporated inside the matrix of TiO2. Indeed, characteristic porphyrins peaks appear on spectra. The cristallinity and specific surfaces of catalysts are also determined by XRD and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements respectively. The depolluting efficiency of photocatalysts is evaluated for the degradation in water of p-nitrophenol, which is listed as one of the 114 organic pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US. After 6 h under visible light, 40 % of p-nitrophenol are degraded with some catalysts. The activity is influenced by i) the presence of porphyrins : the photoactivity increases with the amount of porphyrins ; ii) the nature of porphyrins : nickel porphyrins are more active than free metal porphyrins ; and iii) the crystallinity of catalysts : amorphous catalysts are less active than crystallized samples. The photocatalysts with the highest degradation rating of dyes will be selected for the degradation in water of Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus acidophilus. [1] A. Fujishima, K. Honda, Nature 238, 37-38 (1972) [2] P. Gogate, A. Pandit, Advances in Environmental Research 8, 501-551 (2004). [3] D. Chen, A. Ray, Water Research 32, 3223-3234 (1998) [4] R. Watts, S. Kong, M. Orr, G. Miller, B. Henry, Water Research 29, 95-100 (1995). [5] J. Hong, M. Otaki, Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering 101, 185-189 (2006). [6] C. Wang, J. Li, G. Mele, G.M. Yang, F.-X. Zhang, L. Palmisano, G. Vasapollo, Applied catalysis 78, 218-226 (2007). [less ▲]

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See detailAqueous and non-aqueous sol-gel preparation of TiO2 films for the photocatalytic oxidation of ethanol in air
Cimieri, Iolanda; Poelman, Hilde; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

Poster (2011)

One of the most versatile methods to prepare TiO2 fine powders and films is the sol-gel technique. It offers many advantages, among which the possibility to control the stoichiometry, work in mild and ... [more ▼]

One of the most versatile methods to prepare TiO2 fine powders and films is the sol-gel technique. It offers many advantages, among which the possibility to control the stoichiometry, work in mild and ambient atmospheric conditions and achieve high purity and homogeneity of the final product. Stable TiO2 sols were synthesized by an aqueous sol-gel process using titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as precursor and nitric acid in water as hydrolyzing agent. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of different solvents and different amounts of HNO3 on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 in the breakdown of ethanol (EtOH) as VOC molecule under UV and visible light. In particular, ethanol, isopropanol and butanol were used as solvents and two different molar ratios of HNO3 with respect to TTIP (0.25 and 0.5 respectively) were used. Their effect was investigated with regard to the photocatalytic properties of the films obtained by spin coating on sodium free glass [1] and heat treated at 450°C in air. The microstructure, optical and morphological properties of the films were investigated using SEM, UV-Vis spectroscopy and ellipsometry. The nature of the crystalline phases was ascertained by X-ray diffraction and the surface area of the powders was measured by N2 adsorption. The porous TiO2 films obtained show quite good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of EtOH compared to titania films prepared using P25 Degussa as shown in Fig. 1. Further the photocatalytic properties of the thin films obtained by aqueous sol-gel method were compared with the activity of films prepared using the same titanium precursor by a non-aqueous sol-gel process, in which the hydrolysis is initialized by esterification reaction between acetic acid and alcohol. (Fig.1. EtOH degradation for P25 (green), non aqueous sol (purple) and aqueous sols prepared using ethanol as solvent and HNO3 in molar ratios 0.25(blue) and 0.50(red)) [1] H. Tomaszewski, K. Eufinger, H. Poelman, D. Poelman, R. De Gryse, P.F.Smet, G.B. Marin, Int. J. Photoenergy 8, 1 (2007) [less ▲]

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See detailUnpredictable photocatalytic ability of H2-reduced rutile-TiO2 xerogel in the degradation of dye-pollutants under UV and visible light irradiation
Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Poelman, Dirk et al

Poster (2011)

Photocatalytic degradation of organic and inorganic pollutants on the TiO2 semiconductor has been extensively studied as a way to solve environmental problems relating to wastewater and polluted air ... [more ▼]

Photocatalytic degradation of organic and inorganic pollutants on the TiO2 semiconductor has been extensively studied as a way to solve environmental problems relating to wastewater and polluted air. Anatase and rutile are the most commonly used crystalline structures of TiO2, with anatase showing a higher photocatalytic activity attributed to its higher specific surface area and its favourable band gap energy (Eg). However, its high band gap (Eg = 3.2 eV) implies the use of UV light (lambda ≤ 380 nm) to inject electrons into the conduction band (TiO2(e-CB)) and to leave holes in the valence band (TiO2(h+VB)). Although the low band gap energy of rutile-TiO2 (Eg = 3.02 eV) allows rutile to potentially absorb more solar energy than anatase, the anatase-to-rutile phase transition leads to the collapse of the TiO2 specific surface area, which may result in a decrease in the photocatalytic activity of rutile. Low specific surface area and therefore poor absorption properties lead to strong limitations in exploring the photo-efficiency of rutile. Nevertheless, rutile has been proved to be comparable to anatase in its photoelectrochemical properties when used in dye-sensitized solar cells. In the present study, a new process for the reduction of rutile-TiO2 xerogel under hydrogen flow was developed to enhance the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 materials synthesized by the sol-gel process. So a series of H2-reduced TiO2 xerogels of low specific surface area was prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraisopropoxy titanium(IV) in 2-methoxyethanol. The gels were dried under vacuum, calcined in air at different temperatures (400°C, 500°C and 700°C) and finally reduced in H2 at 400 °C. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), FT-IR spectroscopy and UV/Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The texture was determined by nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements. The effects of the calcination/reduction treatments on the adsorption of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution and on the photocatalytic degradation of MB and crystal violet (CV) under UV and visible light irradiation were also evaluated. Results showed predictable modifications in the physico-chemical properties caused by the annealing of TiO2 xerogel at high calcination temperature (700 °C), such as a total anatase-to-rutile phase transition and a considerable loss of specific surface area from 260 to 2 m2 g-1. However, the higher degree of reduction exhibited by the rutile-TiO2 lattice led to unpredictable photocatalytic activity for the dye conversion under UV and visible light irradiation: the loss of specific surface area of the rutile-TiO2 sample was compensated by the increase in the affinity of this sample for the dye. Under UV light irradiation, the rutile-TiO2 xerogel obtained after a calcination at 700 °C showed a similar level of photoactivity as the one obtained with anatase-TiO2 xerogels obtained by calcination at 400 °C and 500 °C. Under visible light, unlike anatase-TiO2 xerogels, the rutile-TiO2 xerogel showed a higher dye photoconversion rate per external surface area (40 times higher) than the commercial TiO2 Degussa P25. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between the structure of P-doped TiO2 xerogels and their photocatalytic properties
Bodson, Céline ULg; Cattoën, Xavier; Bied, Catherine et al

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TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis has been the subject of numerous recent investigations as it is an attractive technique for the complete destruction of undesirable contaminants both in aqueous and ... [more ▼]

TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis has been the subject of numerous recent investigations as it is an attractive technique for the complete destruction of undesirable contaminants both in aqueous and gaseous phase by using solar or artificial light illumination. However, TiO2-based materials present a large band gap and therefore only a small fraction of solar light, in the UV region, can be utilized. Furthermore, anatase-TiO2 transforms to the rutile structure at temperatures relatively lower, which greatly reduces surface areas of the particles resulting in the decrease in photocatalytic ability of TiO2. To counter both disadvantages, several studies have been conducted by doping non-metallic elements, such as phosphor, into the Ti-O framework to form TiO2 solutions. In the present study, a sol-gel method is developed to synthesize P-doped TiO2 xerogels by a cogelation method based on the hydrolysis and the condensation of Ti(OC3H7)4 with functionalized P alkoxides: NH2-(CH2)2-NH-(CH2)2-P(O)-(OC2H5)2, or (C2H5O)2-P(O)-(CH2)7-CH3, in various alcohols. These xerogels are dried at 150°C under vacuum for 24 h, and calcined under air for 6 h at 350°C, 450°C, 550°C and 650°C. The resulting materials were characterized by TG-ATD, TEM, XRD, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, FT-IR and diffuse reflectance measurements in the UV/Vis region. It was found that the phosphor-doped species could significantly increase the surface area of the materials. Moreover, the phosphor-doping improved the thermal stability of titania and decreased the phase transformation of anatase to rutile. Diffuse reflectance measurements proved that the modification by phosphor shifted the absorption edge of titania to the visible region, making it an effective photocatalyst in visible light. This is shown by the degradation of p-nitrophenol under visible light irradiation. The excellent photocatalytic activity of P-doped TiO2 xerogels compared to pure TiO2 could be explained by its high surface area and small crystallite size. [less ▲]

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See detailRelations entre la structure et la texture poreuse de xérogels de TiO2 dopés au phosphore et leurs propriétés photocatalytiques
Bodson, Céline ULg; Cattoën, Xavier; Bied, Catherine et al

in Récents Progrès en Génie des Procédés, Lavoisier Technique et Documentation, Volume 101, 6 p. (CD-ROM) (2011)

The sol-gel process is used to prepare phosphorus (P)-doped TiO2 xerogels by cogelation of Ti(O-iPr)4 with a functionalized P-based alkoxide : NH2-(CH2)2-NH-(CH2)2-P(O)-(OEt)2, in various alcohols. These ... [more ▼]

The sol-gel process is used to prepare phosphorus (P)-doped TiO2 xerogels by cogelation of Ti(O-iPr)4 with a functionalized P-based alkoxide : NH2-(CH2)2-NH-(CH2)2-P(O)-(OEt)2, in various alcohols. These xerogels were dried under vacuum at 150°C during 12 h, and calcined under air for 5 h at 350 °C, 450 °C, 550 °C and 650 °C. The samples obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in UV/Vis region. The presence of phosphorus in the samples leads to a significant increase of their specific surface area, proportionally to the amount of phosphorus in the sample. Furthermore, the doping of the TiO2 by a phosphonate compound increases the thermal stability of the TiO2 and delays the phase transformation from amorphous to anatase. The diffuse reflectance measurements clearly show the translation of absorption peak of TiO2 towards the visible region when the content in phosphorus increases. Indeed, it is observed a degradation of the p-nitrophenol under visible light by using these P-doped TiO2 xerogels, which means that the P-doping enhances the photocatalytic activity in the visible region. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental procedure and statistical data treatment for the kinetic study of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene over a Pd-Ag sol–gel catalyst
Pirard, Sophie ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2011), 173(3), 801-812

The kinetics of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene over a Pd- Ag/SiO2 catalyst was studied using an a priori experimental design with five independent variables—temperature ... [more ▼]

The kinetics of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene over a Pd- Ag/SiO2 catalyst was studied using an a priori experimental design with five independent variables—temperature and partial pressures of 1,2-dichloroethane, hydrogen, ethylene and hydrogen chloride. A Langmuir–Hinshelwood model including two types of active site and the 1,2-dichloroethane adsorption as the rate-determining step was found to fit correctly with experimental data, according to the analysis of variance and the analysis of pondered residuals. The study allowed for catalytic deactivation. The rigorous experimental and statistical approach followed to carry out such a kinetic study is explained in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of photocatalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide over ramsdellite-MnO2 by O2-pressure monitoring
Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg; Liquet, Dimitri ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg et al

in Catalysis Communications (2011), 15

The catalytic and photocatalytic activities of ramsdellite type manganese oxide, R-MnO2 were studied from the initial rate of decomposition of H2O2 in aqueous solution. The kinetic study was followed by ... [more ▼]

The catalytic and photocatalytic activities of ramsdellite type manganese oxide, R-MnO2 were studied from the initial rate of decomposition of H2O2 in aqueous solution. The kinetic study was followed by the production of O2 via gas pressure monitoring (O2-monitored method), in the dark and under visible light irradiation (λ≥400 nm), at 20 °C. Experimental data showed that the rate of H2O2 decomposition, under visible light irradiation and in the dark, obeys the first order kinetic law.While in the dark the H2O2 decomposition rate bymass unit was around 6.88 mmol g−1 s−1, under visible light irradiation theH2O2 decomposition rate achieved a maximal value of 15.13 mmol g−1 s−1. The increase in the H2O2 decomposition, by effect of the visible light, was observed in ranges of catalyst concentrations from 16 to 374 mg L−1. These results reflect the potential of R-MnO2 as a photoactive catalyst, being a consequence of presumed photoreduction of Mn4+centers. [less ▲]

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