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ISRN Physical Chemistry
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 724095, 7 pages
Research Article

Sol-Gel Synthesized Semiconductor Oxides in Photocatalytic Degradation of Phenol

Dumanskii Institute of Colloid and Water Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Received 28 October 2013; Accepted 20 November 2013; Published 5 January 2014

Academic Editors: P. L. Gentili and S. Sasaki

Copyright © 2014 Maria K. Cherepivska and Roman V. Prihod’ko. 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.


Effectiveness of photocatalytic degradation of phenol in aqueous solution using semiconductor oxides (SO) prepared by a sol-gel method was examined. The physical and chemical properties of synthesized catalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy (DRS), and N2-adsorption measurements. The optimal conditions of the photocatalytic degradation of phenol using prepared titanium dioxide sample were defined.