Authors: Mkhalid, IA; Fierro, JLG; Mohamed, RM; Alshahri, AA

J. Nanopart. Res.. vol: 22. page: 1388-0764.
Date: nov-09. 2020.
Doi: 10.1007/s11051-020-05072-6.

The removal of the commonly used herbicides is essential for environmental remediation. In this study, mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts modified with PtO were synthetized by the template-assisted scheme to develop highly effective materials for the elimination of Imazapyr herbicide under visible-light preservation. The effect of the PtO loading was investigated, and the xPtO-TiO2 materials were deeply considered by N-2 physisorption, XRD, HRTEM, FTIR, DRS UV-Vis, Raman, XPS, PL and photocurrent measurements. Total Imazapyr photodegradation was archived on mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts loaded with 0.6 and 0.8 wt% of PtO. The optimized xPtO-TiO2 photocatalyst degrades the Imazapyr under solar light more efficiently than the pure TiO2 and the commercial Degussa P25 (photoefficiency of 35%, 1%, and 0.5%, respectively). The improvement in the photoefficiency of the xPtO-TiO2 photocatalysts respect to the pure TiO2 was associated to the cooperative effect between PtO and TiO2 nanoparticles leading to a lessening in the energy gap and lower recombination of excited electron-hole pairs. The optimized 0.6PtO-TiO2 photocatalyst demonstrated to be stable and recyclable after up to five consecutive photocatalytic runs. Therefore, it can be a potential candidate for the significant mineralization of Imazapyr herbicide under solar light irradiation..