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Catalyst Assisted Photodecomposition of Organic Contaminants in Aqueous Environments

D. S. Stout, A. W. Rusch, K. A. Nogales, K. Goettsche, and J. D. Harris
Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, ID, USA

W. B. Knowlton, A. Thurber, and A. Punnoose
Boise State University
Boise, ID, USA

S. M. Hubbard
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY, USA


Environmental pollutants by aqueous organic contaminates can escape common waste water treatments. Examining degradation of an organic dye (Phenol Red) by an oxide catalyst under irradiation of UV light gives insight to possible solutions for treatment of organic waste in aqueous systems. Zinc oxide nanoparticles show efficiency in photodecomposition of complex organic molecules. Size and morphology of the particles were shown to influence the catalyst efficiency.





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