UV Photocatalytic Degradation of Toluene and Tetradecane Using Anatase TiO2 CrystalsSaleh Nasser Al-Busafi*, Khaled Melghit, and Kawakob N Al-Dughaishi
Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Box 36, Al-Khodh 123, Oman
- *Corresponding Author:
- Saleh Nasser Al-Busafi
Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University
Box 36, Al-Khodh 123, Oman
Received date: 06/04/2014; Revised date: 22/04/2014; Accepted date: 24/04/2014
Crystalline titanium oxide was obtained by simple and low cost method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements confirmed that the prepared TiO2 catalyst has a single anatase structure with no indication of the presence of a secondary phase. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) micrograph demonstrates that the anatse TiO2 has spherical homogenous crystals with average diameter of 1.10 nm. Toluene and tetradecane adsorbed on the surface of titanium oxide were easily degraded when exposed to UV light. The % removals of toluene and tetradecane at 120 minutes were 84.5 and 98.8 respectively.