Skip to main content

Photocatalytic decolorization of wastewater dyes

Buy Article:

$30.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)



The photocatalytic decolorization of municipal waste-water contaminated with textile dyes was studied using a batch reactor. Degussa P25 titanium dioxide was used as the photocatalyst and proved to be effective for dye degradation when irradiated with UV light in the presence of air. In addition to removing the color from the wastewater, the photocatalytic reaction simultaneously reduced the COD which suggests that the dissolved organics had been oxidized. The activation energy for the photocatalytic decolorization reaction was only about 3 to 6 kJ/mole indicating a weak temperature dependence of the rate. These results suggest that the photocatalytic degradation of textile dyes may be a viable method for decolorizing and oxidizing organics in wastewater.

Keywords: catalysis; degradation; dye; oxidation; photocatalysis; titanium dioxide

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 1994

More about this publication?
  • Water Environment Research® (WER®) publishes peer-reviewed research papers, research notes, state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. An annual Literature Review provides a review of published books and articles on water quality topics from the previous year.

    Published as: Sewage Works Journal, 1928 - 1949; Sewage and Industrial Wastes, 1950 - 1959; Journal Water Pollution Control Federation, 1959 - Oct 1989; Research Journal Water Pollution Control Federation, Nov 1989 - 1991; Water Environment Research, 1992 - present.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • Information for Advertisers
  • WEF Bookstore
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more