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Photocatalytic degradation of atrazine by porphyrin and phthalocyanine complexes.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Chemosphere
0045-6535
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
41
Issue
3
Pages
379–386
Identifiers
PMID: 11057600
Source
Medline

Abstract

This study principally focused on a new kind of photochemical reaction catalyst: porphyrin and phthalocyanine complexes. In a first step, the preparation of the catalysts was optimized. A resin has been chosen to be the support of the complexes. Efficiency of catalytic activity is performed on the degradation of a pesticide: atrazine. The best atrazine degradation occurs with 4.6% of complexes versus substrate. The role of the surface has also been shown to be important. Then, their performances were demonstrated in terms of kinetics and degradation routes, compared to a classical catalyst: titanium dioxide. This study seeks to assess the efficiency of these systems both in a mercury lamp reactor and under solar irradiation which reduces energy costs. The best atrazine degradation half-life found for the complexes is about 200 min with the iron phthalocyanine. These catalysts exhibit particular oxidation activities. Indeed, the degradation routes have been found different between the semi-conductor and the metallic complexes. These complexes are able to cleave the triazinic ring more efficiently than the titanium dioxide.

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