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Title: Enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of NiS/TiO{sub 2} composite catalysts using sunset yellow, an azo dye under day light illumination

Highlights: • NiS/TiO{sub 2} was successfully synthesized by sol–gel method. • This new method of preparation gives a homogeneous dispersion of NiS on TiO{sub 2}. • Degradation activity of NiS/TiO{sub 2} is found to be more efficient than other catalysts. • Addition of oxidants enhances the degradation efficiency significantly. • COD measurements reveal the complete mineralization of dye molecules. • The catalyst is found to be reusable. - Abstract: To improve the solar light induced photocatalytic application performances of TiO{sub 2}, in this study, the NiS modified TiO{sub 2} composite photocatalysts with various ratios of NiS to TiO{sub 2} were prepared by sol–gel method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (B–E–T) surface area measurement methods. The photocatalytic activity of NiS/TiO{sub 2} was investigated for the degradation of sunset yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using solar light. The NiS/TiO{sub 2} is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}–P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. The effects of operational parameters such as the amountmore » of photocatalyst, dye concentration and initial pH on photo mineralization of SY have been analyzed. The degradation was strongly enhanced in the presence of oxidants such as H{sub 3}K{sub 5}O{sub 18}S{sub 4} (Oxone), KIO{sub 4}, and KBrO{sub 3}. The mineralization of SY has been identified by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420779
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 61; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS; AZO DYES; BROMATES; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; MINERALIZATION; NICKEL SULFIDES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; POTASSIUM COMPOUNDS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; SOL-GEL PROCESS; SPECTRAL REFLECTANCE; TITANIUM OXIDES; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; VISIBLE RADIATION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY