Influence of rapid heat treatment on the photocatalytic activity and stability of strontium titanates against a broad range of pollutants

Abedi Mahsa and Gyulavári Tamás and Pap Zsolt: Influence of rapid heat treatment on the photocatalytic activity and stability of strontium titanates against a broad range of pollutants.

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Abstract

Strontium titanate (STO) photocatalysts were synthesized using a modified Pechini sol–gel method. These photocatalysts were then subjected to rapid calcination at various temperatures with short exposure times. The samples were characterized using a range of techniques, including X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by testing their ability to oxidize phenol, oxalic acid, chlorophenol, glucose, and propanol under UV light irradiation. Notably, all the prepared samples exhibited higher photocatalytic activity compared to the commercial STO reference. Increasing the calcination temperature resulted in improved crystallinity and larger primary crystallite sizes, but it also led to reduced band gaps and specific surface areas. The enhanced photocatalytic activity observed in the most efficient samples was attributed to the presence of SrCO3 on the surface of the catalyst. Importantly, the STO photocatalysts exhibited high stability, maintaining their crystalline composition even after exposure to chemicals with different functional groups. Reusability experiments showed that the photocatalytic activity increased over successive reuse cycles, for which further investigations will be carried out to identify the possible causes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Problems
Date: 2023
Volume: 29
ISBN: 978-963-306-963-9
Page Range: pp. 5-9
Language: English
Publisher: University of Szeged
Place of Publication: Szeged
Event Title: 29th International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Problems
Event Type: Conference
Event Location: Szeged
Event Dates: 2023. november 13-14.
Related URLs: https://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/82256/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Környezetkémia - hőkezelés
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 8-9. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 01. Natural sciences
01. Natural sciences > 01.04. Chemical sciences
Date Deposited: 2023. Nov. 20. 08:14
Last Modified: 2023. Nov. 20. 08:16
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/82339

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