OC65 Photocatalytic Remediation of VOCs: Effects of Temperature on Photocatalytic Oxidation of Ethylene

Thursday, June 9, 2011: 4:20 PM
Cartier Ballroom (Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center )
Thomas A. Westrich and Johannes W. Schwank, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The present work investigates the elevated-temperature photocatalytic oxidation behavior of ethylene over a TiO2 catalyst bed. Photocatalytic oxidation rates decline rapidly as the catalyst bed temperature exceeds 300°C for all TiO2 catalysts. The loss of photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the non-radiative, multi-phonon recombination of photo-generated charge carriers. 

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