Authors: Luna-Sanguino, G; Ruiz-Delgado, A; Tolosana-Moranchel, A; Pascual, L; Malato, S; Bahamonde, A; Faraldos, M

Sci. Total Environ.. vol: 737. page: 0048-9697.
Date: oct-01. 2020.
Doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140286.

Two TiO2-rGO nanocomposites were prepared by hydrothermal method from commercial TiO2 (P25 and Hombikat UV100, HBK). In both cases TiO2 nanoparticles appeared intimate and homogeneously distributed on rGO surface, but forming a dense network in P25-rGO nanocomposite, and a more open structure in HBK-rGO. Zeta potential and particle size distribution favored the ease of HBK-rGO nanocomposite to form stable sus-pensions. A comparative analysis of these two photocatalysts was performed on the pilot plant scale solar assisted photodegradation of a 200 mu g center dot L-1 or 5 mg.L-1 mixture of persistent and biorecalcitrant pollutants in de-ionized water (methomyl, pyrimethanil, isoproturon and alachlor, all used as pesticides). Complete removal of pesticides was achieved, though faster with P25-rGO when O-2 was the oxidant. However, the use of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) dosage as oxidant speeded up pesticides removal, but HBK-rGO performance resulted much improved. Finally, at realistic very low concentrations of 200 mu g(each pesticide).L-1, the complete removal of pesticides was achieved at very short times (<25 min), showing the efficiency of the synthetized TiO2-rGO nanocomposites in this pilot-plat scale solar process to mitigate refractory and biorecalcitrant contaminants on effluents as a sustainable and efficient process. (c) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved..