Poly-pickering-HIPEs as heterogeneous photocatalysts

Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering

ISSN: 2169-0022

Open Access

Poly-pickering-HIPEs as heterogeneous photocatalysts

International Conference and Exhibition on Materials Chemistry

March 31-April 01, 2016 Valencia, Spain

Fatma Nur Par?±n, Elif Yuce1, E Hilal Mert, Peter Krajnc, Nevim San and Dila Kaya

Yalova University, Turkey
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Yildiz Technical University, Turkey

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Material Sci Eng

Abstract :

In recent years, the field of heterogeneous photocatalysis has been growing rapidly, as a result of the various developments especially in relation to energy and the environment. In this context, the large band-gap semiconductors are attracting considerable interest in many practical applications such as catalysts, solar cells, dyes, and commercial products ranging from drugs to foods. For industrial applications, high activity, resistance to poisoning and stability for prolonged use at elevated temperatures, mechanical and chemical stability in various conditions are needed. In this respect, TiO2 has been the most preferred material in many fields due to its long-term photo-stability, relative low toxicity, semiconducting and catalytic properties. In this study, we prepared a new kind of macroporous composite having photocatalytic activity, via emulsion templating. With this aim, Pickering-high internal phase emulsions (Pickering-HIPEs) stabilised with surface modified TiO2 nanoparticles (TiNPs) were used as templates. TiNPs were synthesised via sol-gel method by using poly(ethylene glycol-co-propylene glycol-co-ethylene glycol) triblock copolymer. By the polymerisation of the Pickering-emulsion templates poly-Pickering-HIPE/TiO2 composites, having relatively good mechanical properties and thermal stability, were obtained. The photocatalytic activity of poly-Pickering-HIPE/TiO2 composites were determined by investigating the kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), an environmentally important pollutant, in a constant temperature batch-type photoreactor. The effects of initial pollutant concentration, catalyst concentration and pH value of suspension on the degradation rates of 4-NP have been studied. A kinetic expression, which can be used in the development of largescale photocatalytic reactor and optimization of experimental conditions, has been obtained.

Biography :

Fatma Nur Par?±n has completed her Bachelor’s degree as high honor student from Yalova University, Polymer Engineering Department. She is a MSc student at the same Department and is working as a project researcher.


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