Supplementary material from "Impact of support characteristics and preparation method on photocatalytic activity of TiO<sub>2</sub>/ZSM-5/silica gel composite photocatalyst"

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Titanium dioxide (Degussa P25) was supported onto two different aluminosilicate zeolites (ZSM-5) and anchored on three silica gels using two separate preparation methods to study the effect of the catalyst components and the preparation method on the photoactivity of composite catalysts. The photoactivity was investigated by tracking phenol disappearance in a batch UVA light-emitting diode reactor. An easily separable photocatalyst with higher photoactivity than commercial Degussa P25 was developed using Degussa P25, ZSM-5 (SiO<sub>2</sub>/Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> = 280) and silica gel (particle size 0.2–0.5 mm and pore size 40 Å). The optimum composition was found to be P25:ZSM-5:silica gel = 0.3 : 0.5 : 0.5 g l<sup>−1</sup>. SEM photographs show that the distribution of the composite catalyst components prepared without a binder was better than that prepared with a binder. The efficiency of photocatalytic ozonation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) using the new photocatalyst was assessed and compared to that of commercially available Degussa P25. It was found that photocatalytic ozonation promoted the SMX disappearance and mineralization. PZS was superior to Degussa P25 with respect to photocatalysis and photocatalytic ozonation. The enhancement was attributed to the synergetic effect between adsorption, ozonation and/or photocatalytic oxidation.

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Radwan, Emad K.; Langford, Cooper H.; Achari, Gopal (2018): Supplementary material from "Impact of support characteristics and preparation method on photocatalytic activity of TiO2/ZSM-5/silica gel composite photocatalyst". The Royal Society. Collection.