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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 5 (2003), Issue 3, Pages 167-174

Co-treatment of industrial air streams using A.O.P. and adsorption processes

1Laboratoire des IMRCP, UMR 5623, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 rte de Narbonne, Toulouse cedex 4 31062, France
2LIPE, Département GPI, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, 135 av de Rangueil, Toulouse 31077, France
3Lehrstuhl für Umweltmesstechnik, Engler-Bunte-Institut, Universität Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe 7500, Germany

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Coupling adsorption with two different photochemical oxidation methods was investigated, in order to treat industrial gaseous effluents containing a low concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Prior to adsorption/photocatalysis cyclic study, new TiO2 based catalysts were prepared by impregnating commercial zeolites in pellets form using a sol-gel technique. Scanning Electronic Microscopy observations linked to BET and adsorption equilibrium measurements of two VOC (1-butanol or BuOH and methyl-ethyl-ketone or MEK) showed that TiO2 happened to fix on the inert binder, without significant modification of support properties. A specific diffusion cell was used to produce dilute polluted air streams for each VOC in dynamic experiments, in which adsorption and photodegradation phases were alternatively carried out. Adsorption/photocatalysis co-treatment unable the total degradation of BuOH, and the regeneration of adsorbent. When using V-UV photolysis, pure zeolites were used, irradiated at 172 nm with an xenon excimer lamp. Excellent results were observed, since a total and rapid degradation was obtained for both VOC, especially thanks to a determining role of ozone.