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Energy-Efficient Photodegradation of Azo Dyes with TiO2 Nanoparticles Based on Photoisomerization and Alternate UV−Visible Light

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posted on 01.02.2010, 00:00 by Hao Zhang, Da Chen, Xiaojun Lv, Ying Wang, Haixin Chang, Jinghong Li
Herein, we demonstrated a UV−vis light alternate photocatalysis (UVLAP) strategy in the photodegradation of azo dyes. The UVLAP of azo dyes over TiO2 catalysts exhibited significantly higher energy efficiency than the conventional UV process by 40%, which was attributed to the photoisomerization of azo dyes and the resulting diversity of dyes’ cis and trans states in interfacial properties, including conductance and spatial effects. This UVLAP strategy could contribute to the energy-saving photodegradation of azo dyes and other pollutants with photoisomerization properties and facilitate the practical application of TiO2 in the environmental remediation.