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The catalytic and photocatalytic activity of coal fly ashes

Authors
Journal
Atmospheric Environment (1967)
0004-6981
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0004-6981(83)90183-x
Disciplines
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract Great differences in the catalytic and photocatalytic activity of two samples of fly ash from two different coal-fired power plants have been demonstrated to exist for two reactions of environmental significance, namely, the heterogeneous SO 2 oxidation in a smog chamber and the photochemical degradation of two polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons adsorbed onto the fly ashes. At a relative humidity (r.h.) of 80%, the reaction rate for the heterogeneous SO 2 oxidation on an acidic fly ash (pH 5.65) is ten times higher than for the oxidation on a fly ash of pH 9.3. Compared to silica gel, the ‘acidic’ fly ash gives rise to a faster photocatalytic degradation of anthracene and phenanthrene, while the same aromatic hydrocarbons are highly resistant to photodegradation when adsorbed on the fly ash of pH 9.3. Possible explanations and environmental consequences of the differing catalytic activity of fly ashes are discussed.

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