To study the utilization of the photochemical sterilization of thermoduric bacterial spores B. stearothermophilus with photocatalysis of TiO2 particles, light irradiation experiments are conducted under various operational conditions. TiO2 particles and dissolved oxygen resulting from aeration must coexist to accelerate the rate of spore sterilization under light irradiation of a high pressure mercury lamp. The sterilization rate increases with larger average light intensity in the reactor, and it is estimated that the dissolved oxygen contributes to the formation of oxidative radicals which become the attacking species. The maximal rate of spore sterilization is obtained under the condition of TiO2 concentration of 5[times]10[sup -2]kg[center dot]m[sup -3]. By combining a second-order rate equation, wherein the spores' death caused by the oxidative radicals formed by TiO2 photocatalysis is taken into consideration, and single-hit multitarget model, wherein the target damaged by the oxidizer in the spores is assumed, the sterilization velocity can be described well, and the effect of light intensity and the obtained rate parameters are correlated well. 13 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.