Achieving both photocatalytic efficiency and adsorption capacity is essential to produce a highly efficient photocatalyst. This study fabricated a new photocatalyst by combining copper (Cu) doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) with fly ash (FA). The photocatalysts were synthesized using mild acid (acid-FA/Cu/TiO2), base (base-FA/Cu/TiO2), and deionized water (rFA/Cu/TiO2) activated FA. EDX confirmed the inclusion of Cu in both Cu/TiO2 and FA/Cu/TiO2 composites. XRD analysis indicated the presence of the anatase form of TiO2 after Cu doping and incorporation into modified FA. All three FA/Cu/TiO2 composites demonstrated high absorption (UV and visible region) compared to their TiO2 and Cu/TiO2 counterparts based on the diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectra. Complete removal of methyl orange under UV and 99.1% removal under visible light irradiation were attained using 1.5 g/L base-FA/Cu/TiO2. Both dark and irradiation phases demonstrated the synergistic role of adsorption and photocatalysis by the FA/Cu/TiO2 composites to ensure the removal of dye in water.
|Numero di pagine||8|
|Rivista||Surfaces and Interfaces|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2020|
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