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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013, Article ID 562830, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/562830
Research Article

The Use of a Nanoscale Copper Catalyst in the Catalytic Decomposition of Water Polluted with Organic Dyes

Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Received 16 June 2013; Revised 24 July 2013; Accepted 30 July 2013

Academic Editor: Zhenhui Kang

Copyright © 2013 Samia A. Kosa. 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.

Abstract

A supported copper catalyst was used as a catalyst for the decomposition of organic dyes using a commercial chlorinating agent. The catalytic process achieved complete decomposition in only 2 min. Different catalyst to dye concentration ratios is studied to determine the optimal conditions. The catalyst is fully characterized using XRD, SEM, and EDX analysis.