Photocatalytic degradation of imazalil in an aqueous suspension of TiO2 and influence of alcohols on the degradation

Abstract : The photocatalytic degradation of imazalil, a probably carcinogen fungicide, was carried out in an aqueous suspension of titanium dioxide under UV irradiation. The influence of alcohols as hydroxyl scavengers (isopropanol, methanol) on the degradation was studied and different concentrations were used. We conclude that the degradation of imazalil occurs mainly by OHradical dot attack, since 80% of the degradation was inhibited in the presence of isopropanol [isopropanol] = 1000 [imazalil]. Using HPLC/DAD and LC-MS/MS analysis, nine intermediates were identified giving monohydroxylated, dihydroxylated and mostly a hole attack for other products. Their kinetic evolution profiles were plotted and compared to those with isopropanol. The quantity of photoproducts formed by OHradical dot radicals was decreased in the presence of isopropanol. After that a tentative pathway mechanism was proposed including mainly hydroxyl radical attack with the participation of holes in the degradation. Ion chromatography showed that nitrogen groups in imidazole were converted to both NH4+ and NO3−. In addition, TOC was examined in details and total mineralization was reached.
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R. Hazime, Corinne Ferronato, Ludovic Fine, Arnaud Salvador, F. Jaber, et al.. Photocatalytic degradation of imazalil in an aqueous suspension of TiO2 and influence of alcohols on the degradation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Elsevier, 2012, 126, pp.90-99. 〈10.1016/j.apcatb.2012.07.007〉. 〈hal-00915160〉

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