Surface modification of TiO2 nanoparticles for selective photodecomposition of nitrobenzene

Olga V. Makarova, Tijana Rajh, Marion C. Thurnauer, Patricia A. Kemme, Donald Cropek

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Surface modification of TiO2 particles with specific chelating agents that may enhance both TiO2 redox particles and adsorption of nitroaromatic compounds for selective, photocatalytic removal of nitroaromatics (nitrobenzene (NB), 2,4-dinitrotoluene, and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene) from waste streams was studied. The NB adsorption and photodecomposition in the presence of phenol (Ph) over bare and arginine-modified nanocrystalline TiO2 was presented. The presence of Ph increased the destruction of NB over arginine-modifed TiO2, while in unmodified TiO2 colloids NB conversion remained low. Ph photodecomposed over bare TiO2 while no changes in Ph concentration were found for the arginine-modified colloid upon illumination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-394
Number of pages5
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event222nd ACS National Meeting - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2001Aug 30 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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