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Front. Chem. | doi: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00632

Catalytic and Photocatalytic Nitrate Reduction Over Pd-Cu loaded over Hybrid Materials of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and TiO2

 Cláudia G. Silva1*,  Manuel Fernando R. Pereira1, José J. Órfão1, Joaquim L. Faria1 and  Olívia S. Soares1
  • 1Laboratório de Processos de Separação e Reação - Laboratório de Catálise e Materiais, Portugal

TiO2 and carbon nanotube-TiO2 hybrid materials synthesized by sol-gel and loaded with 1%Pd–1%Cu (%wt.) were tested in the catalytic and photocatalytic reduction of nitrate in water in the presence of CO2 (buffer) and H2 (reducing agent). Characterization of the catalysts was performed by UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, temperature programed reduction, N2 adsorption and electron microscopy. The presence of light produced a positive effect in the kinetics of nitrate removal. Higher selectivity towards nitrogen formation was observed under dark condition, while the photo-activated reactions showed higher selectivity for the production of ammonium. The hybrid catalyst containing 20 %wt. of carbon nanotubes shows the best compromise between activity and selectivity. A mechanism for the photocatalytic abatement of nitrate in water in the presence of the hybrid materials was proposed, based in the action of carbon nanotubes as light harvesters, dispersing media for TiO2 particles and in charge carrier facilitators.

Keywords: Catalytic reduction, nitrate, titanium dioxide, Carbon nanotubes, Photoctalysis, Palladium, Copper

Received: 01 Aug 2018; Accepted: 05 Dec 2018.

Edited by:

Zhimin Ao, Guangdong University of Technology, China

Reviewed by:

Miguel Angel Centeno, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (ICMS), Spain
Priyabrat Mohapatra, C. V. Raman College of Engineering, India  

Copyright: © 2018 Silva, Pereira, Órfão, Faria and Soares. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Cláudia G. Silva, Laboratório de Processos de Separação e Reação - Laboratório de Catálise e Materiais, Leiria, Portugal, cgsilva@fe.up.pt