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Improved Degradation Efficiency of Levofloxacin by a Self-Powered Electrochemical System with Pulsed Direct-Current

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posted on 18.02.2021, 17:06 by Li Liu, Linglin Zhou, Di Liu, Wei Yuan, Shengyang Chen, Hexing Li, Zhenfeng Bian, Jie Wang, Zhong Lin Wang
With the excellent structural design, rotary triboelectric nanogenerator (R-TENG) is suitable for harvesting mechanical energy such as wind energy and water energy to build a self-powered electrochemical system for environmental science. The electrochemical performance has been greatly improved by using the pulsed direct-current (PDC) output of a TENG; however, a full-wave PDC (FW-PDC) is hardly realized in R-TENG devices due to existence of phase superposition. Here, a R-TENG with FW-PDC output is reported to perform a self-powered electro-Fenton system for enhancing the removal efficiency of levofloxacin (OFL). By adjusting the rotation center angle ratio between each rotator and stator unit, the phase superposition of R-TENG caused by multiple parallel electrodes can be effectively eliminated, thus achieving the desired FW-PDC output. Because of the reduced electrode passivation effect, the removal efficiency of OFL is improved by 30% under equal electric charges through using the designed R-TENG with FW-PDC output compared to traditional R-TENG. This study provides a promising methodology to improve the performance of self-powered electrochemical process for treating environment pollutions.

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