Copper-doped TiO2 photocatalysts: application to drinking water by humic matter degradation

Turkten N., Cinar Z. , TOMRUK A., Bekbolet M.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, cilt.26, ss.36096-36106, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 26 Konu: 36
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s11356-019-04474-x
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.36096-36106


The aim of this study was to determine the photocatalytic performance of copper-doped TiO2 (Cu-TiO2) specimens on the degradation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) represented by a model humic acid (HA). TiO2 was synthesized by sol-gel method from an alkoxide precursor. Cu-doped TiO2 specimens containing 0.25 wt% and 0.50 wt% Cu were prepared by wet impregnation method using sol-gel synthesized as well as bare TiO2 P-25 and characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, UV-DRS, and BET measurements. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated with regard to degradation kinetics of HA in terms of UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopic parameters and organic contents. HA fluorescence excitation emission matrix (EEM) contour plots indicated that the solar photocatalytic degradation pathway was TiO2-type specific and Cu dopant content.