Photodegradation of Methylene Blue in Fe2O3–Oxalate Suspension Under UV Light Irradiation
American Journal of Physical Chemistry
Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages: 6-11
Received: Apr. 7, 2018; Accepted: Apr. 23, 2018; Published: May 18, 2018
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A. Z. M. Mainul Islam Mazumder, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Md. Sofiul Alom, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Tajmeri S. A. Islam, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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The aim of this study was to investigate the photodegradation of organic pollutants in natural environment with co-existence of iron oxides and oxalic acid. Methylene Blue (MB) was selected as a model pollutant while Fe2O3 was selected as iron oxide. Commercial Fe2O3 was calcined at 300°C, 400°C and 500°C and was used to degrade MB in oxalate solutions of different concentration under UV radiation. Adsorption of MB on the surface of calcined Fe2O3 was studied and 30 minutes was required to reach the adsorption equilibrium. The effect of the initial concentration of oxalic acid, initial concentration of MB and calcined temperature of Fe2O3 on photodegradation of MB in the Fe2O3–oxalate suspension under UV light irradiation was investigated. Oxalic acid plays a very important role, no significant degradation of MB was found in absence of oxalic acid in the suspension. But excess concentration of oxalic acid decreases the degradation. Photodegradation of MB increases with increasing calcined temperature of Fe2O3 and decreases with increase in MB concentration. Since this process does not require the addition of hydrogen peroxide and shows good efficiency under UV irradiation, it is an economically viable method for pre-treating wastewater containing dye.
Methylene Blue, Photodegradation, Fe2O3–Oxalate Suspension, Adsorption
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A. Z. M. Mainul Islam Mazumder, Md. Sofiul Alom, Tajmeri S. A. Islam, Photodegradation of Methylene Blue in Fe2O3–Oxalate Suspension Under UV Light Irradiation, American Journal of Physical Chemistry. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2018, pp. 6-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpc.20180701.12
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