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Titania-coated plastic optical fiber fabrics for remote photocatalytic degradation of aqueous pollutants
- Titania-coated plastic optical fiber fabrics for remote photocatalytic degradation of aqueous pollutants
- Kim, S.; Kim, M.; Lim, S.K.; Park, Y.
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- Kim, S.; Lim, S.K.
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- Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 5(2), 1899-1905
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- 4 Chlorophenol (4 Cp); Advanced Oxidation Processes; Aromatic Compounds; Chromium Compounds; Contaminated Soils; Dip Coating Methods; Fiber Optic Sensors; Fibers; Groundwater; Groundwater Pollution; Increasing Solutions; Optical Fibers; Oxidation; Photo Catalytic Degradation; Photo Catalytic Oxidations; Photodegradation; Photolysis; Plastic Coatings; Plastic Optical Fiber; Plastic Optical Fibers; Plastics; Redox Reactions; Remediation; Remote Photocatalytic Oxidation; Side Illumination; Soil Pollution; Titania; Titanium Dioxide; Weaving
- Plastic optical fiber fabrics are widely utilized as efficient support materials owing to their high flexibility. In this study, we have investigated a remote photocatalysis system using modified plastic optical fiber fabrics. We successfully deposited TiO2 onto a modified plastic optical fiber fabric using the dip-coating method. The drying temperature was fixed at 50 °C in order to inhibit the decomposition of the fabric. The TiO2-coated woven plastic optical fiber fabric was applied to the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and the simultaneous oxidation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) and reduction of Cr(VI). The degradation of MB by direct photolysis, or through dark reactions of the adsorbed MB on the surface of the fabric, was not observed. MB degradation increased with increasing TiO2 loading, Pt deposition, increasing solution pH, and decreasing initial MB concentration. Repeated testing in the above-mentioned degradation and simultaneous redox reactions revealed that the TiO2-coated woven plastic optical fiber fabrics retain good activity after multiple cycles. On the basis of these results, we propose that plastic optical fiber fabrics together with photocatalysts are suitable for remote (in situ) advanced oxidation process useful for the remediation of contaminated soil or groundwater. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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