Heterogeneous Photodegradation Reaction of Phenol Promoted by TiO2: A Kinetic Study

F Broccoli, R Paparo, MR Iesce, M Di Serio, V Russo
ChemEngineering 7 (2), 27 (2023) https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering7020027
Phenol is widely used in industry. Due to its high stability and toxicity, it represents a threat to the environment and human health. In this study, a kinetic investigation of phenol heterogeneous photodegradation was conducted using commercial Aeroxide P-25, performing experiments in a wide range of conditions. In detail, a negligible adsorption effect was detected. An activation energy of Ea = 14.3 ± 0.5 kJ mol−1 was measured, and the catalyst loading effect indicated an optimal condition due to the shield of the catalyst particles to the UV irradiation. The catalyst was most active at pH = 7 and it was stable for 25 h of reaction time; thus, it will be worth to investigate its application in flow.