Bioinspired metal oxide particles as efficient wet air oxidation and photocatalytic oxidation catalysts for the degradation of acetaminophen in aqueous phase

Palas B. , Ersöz G. , Atalay S.

ECOTOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY, cilt.182, no.109367, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


The catalytic performances of the biomimetic metal oxides were tested in photo Fenton-like oxidation and catalytic wet air oxidation processes. Biomimetic copper oxide, iron oxide, and cobalt oxide catalysts were prepared by using pollen grains as biotemplate. The surface characteristics of the biomimetic metal oxides were characterized. SEM micrographs of the biomimetic catalysts demonstrated that pollen grains were successfully mimicked by metal oxide structures. The influences of UV light intensity, catalyst loading, and the initial hydrogen peroxide concentration on acetaminophen degradation were investigated in the photo Fenton-like oxidation process whereas the effects of reaction temperature and catalyst loading were investigated in catalytic wet air oxidation process. The biomimetic copper oxide was the most effective catalyst for the removal of acetaminophen in both of the advanced oxidation processes. The highest acetaminophen degradation efficiency was 86.9% in photo Fenton-like oxidation process when the initial acetaminophen concentration, catalyst loading, and the initial H2O2 concentrations were 10 mg/L, 0.1 g/L and 1 mM, respectively, at room temperature. In the catalytic wet air oxidation process, 98.3% degradation was achieved for the treatment of 100 mg/L acetaminophen solutions at 180 degrees C and 10 bar by using 1 g/L of catalyst loading at the same reaction time as photo Fenton-like oxidation. Mineralization analysis and the toxicity tests indicated that the biomimetic copper oxide catalysts were promising for the acetaminophen removal in catalytic wet air oxidation processes.