Photocatalytic activity of wool fabrics deposited at low temperature with ZnO or TiO2 nanoparticles: Methylene blue degradation as a test reaction

Photocatalytic activity of wool fabrics deposited at low temperature with ZnO or TiO2 nanoparticles: Methylene blue degradation as a test reaction

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Catalysis Today, Volume 306, p.251-259 (2018)

ISBN:

0920-5861

Abstract:

<p>Different amounts of TiO2 and ZnO particles were deposited upon wool fabrics, which are among the less studied textiles. The materials were get from industry or were home made. Model samples for these oxide deposition and properties were also considered. Either sputtering or chemical sol-gel/electro less technique was respectively applied. The coated samples were then characterized structurally and morphologically, by XRD, SEM and XPS and were checked for photocatalytic properties. Both UV and vis light beams were used for irradiation. The photocatalytic experiments were performed by photodegradation of methylene blue in the PCC2 checker apparatus. The fabrics were firstly impregnated with the dye solution and then dried: self cleaning of the wool fabric samples took in fact place. Reflectance data in the visible spectral range of highest absorption band served for direct analysis of MB degradation. The photocatalytic properties of the coated fabrics increased much in comparison with the raw materials. The photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue follows up a simple apparently first order kinetic equation in many studied cases. Thus it was demonstrated that MB decolorization can serve as a test reaction at least for self cleaning of fabrics. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.</p>