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Copper modified tio2 and g-c3n4 catalysts for photoreduction of co2 to methanol using different reaction mediums

Amin, Nor Aishah Saidina and Tahir, Muhammad and Adekoya, Oluwatobi David (2015) Copper modified tio2 and g-c3n4 catalysts for photoreduction of co2 to methanol using different reaction mediums. Malaysian Journal Of Fundamental And Applied Science, 11 (3). pp. 102-105. ISSN 2289-5981

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Abstract

In this study , Cu/TiO 2 and Cu/g - C 3 N 4 catalysts were tested for CO 2 reduction to methanol. The catalysts were prepared by the wet impr egnation method and , characterized by XRD and FESEM. The product identification and yield w ere determined using a GC with FID. The CO 2 photoreduction process was performed in each of the following reaction mediums: H 2 O, NaOH, KOH, Na 2 CO 3 , K 2 CO 3 , NaHCO 3 and KHCO 3 . The efficiency was studied by comparing the methanol yield for each. A slurry ty pe photoreactor with a UV lamp of 365 nm wavelength was used . CO 2 photoreduction to methanol using NaOH as the reaction medium registered the highest yield of 431.65 µ m ole/g - cat • hr. This is due to the higher solubility of CO 2 in the alkal i as compared to that of the other reaction mediums, the ability of NaOH to serve as a hole scavenger owing to the formation of OH • ions and the higher selectivity of NaOH solution for C O 2 photoreduction to methanol . It was obvious the choice of reaction medium affected the photoreduction of CO 2 to methanol. The trend of results indicated the use of NaOH as a reaction medium improved the efficiency of the photoreduction process. The findi ngs from this research could promote research in the field of photocatalysis by improving the yield which will encourage the support for methanol economy.

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Subjects:A General Works
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Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:24 Jan 2017 10:54
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