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Natural Zeolites as substrates for photocatalysts

AuthorsGuesh, Kiros; Chebude, Yonas; Díaz Carretero, Isabel
KeywordsOrganic pollutants
Titanium oxide
Natural zeolites
Issue Date28-Feb-2014
Citation30th Annual Congress of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (2014)
AbstractTi02 is currently considered the most promising catalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of organic compounds, chemical synthesis and water splitting owing to its suitable band gap energy for redox reactions, mechanical and chemical stability, environmental friendliness, low cost, and convenience of preparationl. However, there remain further technological problems, which may include easy separation of the catalyst and improvement of adsorption properties for organic molecules at low concentrations in the medii, 3. Besides the electronic modifications to make Ti02 visible light active and enhancing its photoactivity new investigations have been devoted in searching for the suitable substrates to support nano Ti02 in order to improve the recovery efficiency and adsorption capacity. The combination of zeolites and photochemistry has recently shown excellent results due to the special structure of the zeolites that helps a better use of the solar energy improving the selectivity of the chemical reactions carried out. There are several reports on the preparation of Ti02 confined nanoparticles in synthetic zeolites4. The aim is mainly to use hydrophobic zeolites in order to favor the adsorption of the organic pollutants. However, very few reports are found in the use of natural zeolites. In our previous collaborations with Addis Ababa University and the Geological Survey of Ethiopia, we devoted big efforts in locating and analyzing deposits of natural zeolites in the country. Among the samples identified some of them posses interesting chemical compositions that may lead to direct photocatalysts with very little modifications. Table 1 shows some ICP results of some of the composites prepared. The different strategies and materials characterization obtained so far will be presented.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en el 30th Annual Congress of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, celebrado en Mekelle (Etiopía) del 28 de febrero al 2 de marzo de 2014.
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