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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 79847, 4 pages
Research Article

Gas-Phase Photocatalytic Oxidation of Dimethylamine: The Reaction Pathway and Kinetics

Department of Chemical Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, Lappeenranta 53851, Finland

Received 29 August 2007; Accepted 29 October 2007

Academic Editor: Jimmy C. Yu

Copyright © 2007 Anna Kachina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Gas-phase photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) and thermal catalytic oxidation (TCO) of dimethylamine (DMA) on titanium dioxide was studied in a continuous flow simple tubular reactor. Volatile PCO products of DMA included ammonia, formamide, carbon dioxide, and water. Ammonia was further oxidized in minor amounts to nitrous oxide and nitrogen dioxide. Effective at 573 K, TCO resulted in the formation of ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and water. The PCO kinetic data fit well to the monomolecular Langmuir-Hinshelwood model, whereas TCO kinetic behaviour matched the first-order process. No deactivation of the photocatalyst during the multiple long-run experiments was observed.