Efficient catalytic ozonation by ruthenium nanoparticles supported on SiO2 or TiO2: Towards the use of a non-woven fiber paper as original support

Pierre-François Biard, Baraa Werghi, Isabelle Soutrel, Romain Orhand, Annabelle Couvert, Audrey Denicourt-Nowicki, Alain Roucoux

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Abstract

This work focuses on the use of Ru(0) nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalyst for ozone decomposition and radical production. In a first set of experiments, the nanoparticles have been deposited on two inorganic supports (TiO2 or SiO2) by a wet impregnation approach. This study confirmed the high potential of Ru nanoparticles as active species for ozone decomposition at pH 3, since the ozone half-life time decreases by a factor 20-25, compared to the reference experiment carried out without any catalyst. The enhancement of the ozone decomposition kinetics provided an improved radical production and a higher transient radical concentration in a shorten ozone exposure. Consequently, lower oxidant dosage and contact time would be necessary. Thus, very significant atrazine consumption kinetics enhancements were measured. In a second set of experiments, a non-woven fiber paper composed of a TiO2/SiO2/zeolite mixture has been evaluated as an original support for ruthenium nanoparticles. Even if lower ozone decomposition kinetics was observed compared to TiO2 or SiO2, this support would be a promising alternative to inorganic powders to avoid the catalyst recovery step and to design reactors such as tubular reactors. A new numerical procedure is presented for the evaluation of the transient HO° concentration and of the Rct.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-381
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume289
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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