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The purposes of this research were to study the effects of two modified photocatalysts, Nafion-coated TiO(2) and fluorinated TiO(2), and photocatalytic degradation of Victoria Blue R in aqueous solution. Photocatalytic degradation of Victoria Blue R was accelerated by the modified photocatalysts. Bulk and surface characterizations of the resulting powders were carried out. Attachment of the anions to the TiO(2) surface using the Nafion-coated-TiO(2) possibly results in increased adsorption of the cationic dye, and the degradation rate is larger for the cationic dye. It was found that Victoria Blue R on the two illuminated TiO(2) surfaces underwent very different changes. To obtain a better understanding on the mechanistic details of this modified-TiO(2)-assisted photodegradation of the Victoria Blue R dye with UV irradiation, a large number of intermediates of the process were separated, identified, and characterized by a high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry technique. Several probable photodegradation pathways were proposed and discussed.

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K T Chen, C S Lu, T H Chang, Y Y Lai, T H Chang, C W Wu, C C Chen. Comparison of photodegradative efficiencies and mechanisms of Victoria Blue R assisted by Nafion-coated and fluorinated TiO2 photocatalysts. Journal of hazardous materials. 2010 Feb 15;174(1-3):598-609

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PMID: 19815344

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