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Rapid Preparation of TiO2–x and Its Photocatalytic Oxidation for Arsenic Adsorption under Visible Light

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posted on 03.04.2020, 14:15 by Ding Zhao, Baoqiang Xu, Jia Yang, Jian Wu, Weiran Zhai, Bin Yang, Minghui Liu
A rapid preparation method of TiO2–x by thermal treatment using H2TiO3 as the precursor was proposed compared with the static hydrogenation thermal treatment process. Its adsorption properties of arsenic under visible light were explored and investigated as well. Various colors of TiO2–x were prepared and characterized via XRD, TEM, BET, and so on. The results indicate that the method of rapid preparation is feasible. The TiO2–x exhibits a larger particle size that varied from 10 nm to 2 μm, and deeper color products were obtained as the treatment temperature increased from 600 to 900 °C. Light yellow TiO2–x was prepared after increasing the temperature from 600 to 900 °C, Ti4O7 and Ti6O11 with a dark color were formed under a H2 atmosphere at 1500 °C. The arsenic adsorption performances of some samples under visible light were tested, and reveal a high efficiency of TiO2–x in the photocatalytic oxidation arsenic adsorption under visible light, the conversion ratio of As­(III) photocatalytic oxidation fluctuates around 2.85 mgAsg–1 h–1. In the absence of visible light, the adsorption capacities for As­(III) and As­(V) are 3.7 and 42.7 mg/g, respectively, at pH = 3. Under visible light condition, the adsorption capacity of As­(III) increases sharply to 15.6 mg/g, which provides the foundation for a new application of TiO2–x in the field of arsenic adsorption.