Authors: Tolosana-Moranchel, A; Pecharroman, C; Faraldos, M; Bahamonde, A

Chem. Eng. J.. vol: 403. page: 1385-8947.
Date: JAN 1. 2021.
Doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2020.126186.

This work examines the important role of light power absorbed by TiO2 on the photocatalytic degradation of dichloroacetic acid (DCA) in a semi-continuous slurry photoreactor with UV-Vis radiation. This system is an excellent model for understanding the light matter interaction, because DCA is transparent and the acid pH of the solution prevents the formation of large TiO2 aggregates. Under these conditions, the light power absorbed by four different commercial Titania photocatalysts, along the whole volume of the reactor, has been quantitatively calculated by assuming a Mie scattering model on a distribution of different particle sizes. Although the different chemical nature of the four considered samples (three of them provided by the Evonik Company, P25, P25/20 and P90, together with Hombikat UV 100), and the different catalytic efficiency based on weight, we have found that all the catalytic responses are fundamentally controlled by the absorbed radiation in the four samples. Therefore, in the studied samples, any difference in the catalytic behavior is only due to the light-matter interaction being of lesser importance other mechanisms, as space-charge blocking..