Using cement-based material as a matrix for photocatalytic hybrids is an important development for the large-scale application of photocatalytic technologies. In this work, photocatalytic activity of nanosized hybrids of TiO2/SiO2 (nano-TiO2–SiO2) for degradation of some organic dyes on cementitious materials was highlighted. For this purpose, an optimal inorganic sol–gel precursor was firstly applied to prepare the composites of nano-TiO2–SiO2 which was characterized by XRD, SEM and UV–Vis. Then, a thin layer was successfully coated on white Portland cement (WPC) blocks using a dipping process in a nano-TiO2–SiO2 solution. The effect of nano-TiO2–SiO2-coated WPC blocks on photocatalytic decomposition of three dyes, including Malachite green oxalate (MG), Methylene blue (MB) and Methyl orange (MO) were studied under UV irradiation and monitored by chemical oxygen demand tests. The results showed an increase in photocatalytic effects which depends on the structure and pH of the applied cement.
Research on Chemical Intermediates – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 5, 2015
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