Study on heterogeneous photocatalytic ozonation degradation of ciprofloxacin by TiO/carbon dots: Kinetic, mechanism and pathway investigation.

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Summary of "Study on heterogeneous photocatalytic ozonation degradation of ciprofloxacin by TiO/carbon dots: Kinetic, mechanism and pathway investigation."

In this study, the objective was mainly focusing on the mechanism investigation of ciprofloxacin (CIP) degradation by photocatalytic ozonation process which carried out by ozone and TiO with a low content of carbon-dots (CDs) under simulated sunlight irradiation. The physicochemical properties of the prepared photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and zeta potential. Comprehensive investigation has proven the process to be efficient in the removal of CIP with high yield of reactive species (OH, O, h, etc.). Kinetic model on pH investigation found out a repulsive force between the photocatalysts and CIP intensified with the increasing pH, so did the production rate of hydroxyl radicals (OH), while eventually reached a balance and achieved a maximum degradation rate. The results indicated that the enhancement mechanism was triggered by the photoexcited electron accumulated on CDs and transferred by ozone, resulting in the continuous generation of h+, O and O. Possible photocatalytic ozonation degradation pathways of CIP were proposed according to the identifications of intermediates using high-resolution accurate-mass spectrometry (HRAM) LC-MS/MS.


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Name: Chemosphere
ISSN: 1879-1298
Pages: 198-206


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