Photocatalytic Removal of Cu Ions from Aqueous Cu-EDTA Solution Using Solution Combusted Zinc Oxide Nanopowder
Nano-sized ZnO powder was prepared by "solution-combustion method (SCM)." The ZnO powder using Zn(OH)2 and glycine as an oxidant and a fuel (F/O = 0.8), showed good powder characteristics, such as average grain size of 30 nm and the specific surface area of 120 m2/g. and it was used as a semiconductor photocatalyst to remove Cu ions from aqueous Cu-EDTA solution. The result was then compared with other semiconductor photocatalyst powders such as titanium dioxide (TiO2) powder (P25, Degussa) and TiO2 powder prepared by homogeneous precipitation process at low temperature (HPPLT). The SCM ZnO nanopowder showed excellent photocatalytic properties. The Cu++ ions were completely removed from the solution within 90 min. However, for the other two powders, no complete removal of the ions was observed within the reaction time of 180 min. The ZnO powder synthesized at the fuel/oxidant ratio of 0.8, showed higher PL intensity at UV region than the other photocatalytic powders. The superior photoreduction ability of SCM ZnO nanopowder might be due to its excellent UV absorption capacity.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2008-10-01
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