Perovskite zinc titanate photocatalysts synthesized by the sol–gel method and their application in the photocatalytic degradation of emerging contaminants

Wei Yu Chen, Ching Ping Wang, Po Chou Chen, Kun Yi Andrew Lin, Surajit Ghosh, Chao Wei Huang, Van Huy Nguyen

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Abstract

In this study, perovskite ZnTiO3 photocatalysts were fabricated by the sol–gel method. The photocatalytic capability was verified by the degradation of the emerging contaminant, the antibiotic amoxicillin (AMX). For the preparation, the parameters of the calcination temperature and the additional amount of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and ammonia are discussed, including the calcining temperature (500, 600, 700, 800 °C), the volume of ammonia (750, 1500, 3000 μL), and the weight of PVP (3 g and 5 g). The prepared perovskite ZnTiO3 was characterized by XRD, FESEM, BET, and UV-Vis. It is shown that the perovskite ZnTiO3 photocatalysts are structurally rod-like and ultraviolet light-responsive. Consequently, the synthesis conditions for fabricating the perovskite ZnTiO3 photocatalysts with the highest photocatalytic performance were a calcining temperature of 700 °C, an additional ammonia amount of 1500 μL, and added PVP of 5 g. Moreover, the photocatalytic degradation of perovskite ZnTiO3 photocatalysts on other pollutants, including the antibiotic tetracycline (TC), methyl orange (MO), and methylene blue (MB) dyes, was also examined. This provides the basis for the application of perovskite ZnTiO3 as a photocatalyst to decompose emerging contaminants and organic pollutants in wastewater treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number854
JournalCatalysts
Volume11
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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