The application of TiO2/H2O2/Vis (visible light) process for the aqueous degradation of linuron (LNR) has been investigated. The performance of TiO2/H2O2/Vis process has been compared with other processes such as TiO2/H 2O2 in the dark, TiO2/Vis, and H 2O2/Vis in terms of LNR decay. The result showed that more than 70% LNR could be decomposed in the TiO2/H2O 2/Vis. The degradation mechanism of LNR by TiO2/H 2O2/Vis process has been verified through investigation of the effects of various radical scavengers on the performance of this system, monitoring the generation of photocurrent, and comparing the intermediates and decay pathways of LNR by UV-TiO2 and TiO2/H 2O2/Vis processes with 16 and 17 intermediates identified, respectively. It has been revealed that demethoxylation and demethylation through alkylic-oxidation is the major mechanism of LNR degradation while dechlorination (hydroxylation at the chlorine site)anddirect hydroxylationonthe benzene ring is minor in both processes. Mineralization and release of chlorine and nitrogen have been also studied.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry