By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Researchers detail new data in Photocatalytics. According to news reporting out of Belgrade, Serbia, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Titanium dioxide photocatalysts co-doped with lanthanum and vanadium were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted hydrothermal method and characterized by XRD, SEM, N-2 physisorption at 77 K and DRS. The characterization showed that co-doped TiO2 samples have a high degree of crystallinity and existence of fully anatase phase."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Belgrade, "It was found that all the synthesized catalysts have the mesoporous structure. The co-doped TiO2 samples have larger BET surface areas and the mesopores volume than pure TiO2 and La doped samples. The vanadium co-doping contributes to the extension of absorption into the visible region. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the decolorization of textile dye Reactive Blue 52 in aqueous solutions under sun-like radiation. Compared with La singly doped TiO2, the co-doped catalysts showed an important improvement of photoactivity. The photocatalyst with 2% (w/w) La and 0.02% (w/w) V appeared to be the most photoactive. Optimal catalyst loading and the kinetics of degradation were also studied."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Demonstrating higher photodegradation efficiency for RB than commercially available TiO2 Evonik P25, easy separation from suspension by spontaneous sedimentation and reusability of the catalyst, make this photocatalyst suitable for wastewater treatment."
For more information on this research see: Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity of lanthanum and vanadium co-doped mesoporous TiO2 for azo-dye degradation. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical, 2013;378():67-75. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands (see also Photocatalytics).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Nesic, University of Belgrade, Dept. of Catalysis & Chem Engn, Inst Chem Technol & Met, Belgrade 11000, Serbia. Additional authors for this research include D.D. Manojlovic, I. Andelkovic, B.P. Dojcinovic, P.J. Vulic, J. Krstic and G.M. Roglic.
Keywords for this news article include: Serbia, Europe, Belgrade, Vanadium, Lanthanum, Photocatalyst, Nanotechnology, Transition Elements, Emerging Technologies, Lanthanoid Series Elements
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