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An introduction to photocatalysis through methylene blue photodegradation

Abstract : We described a simple experimental setup for a lab work on the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue by T iO 2 nanoparticles. The photocatalysis process can be used for many applications. Treatments for diluted wastewaters industries, air purifying in underground car parks, preventing fouling on glass surfaces, these are some of the things this phenomenon has the ability to do. The described experiment is easy to perform and the interpretation can be easily adapted to different level of students: from high school students demonstrating their interests on a sustainable development, to students who are getting Masters in the science department that want to propose a full explanation of all the phenomenon of the photocatalytic process. Starting by a description of the experimental setup , we analysed the photocatalyst nanoparticles and applied the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model to our experimental data. Finally we discussed shortly on the respective energetic levels of the photocatalyst semiconductor and the methylene blue.
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Matthieu Petit, Lisa Michez, Jean-Manuel Raimundo, Tuhiti Malinowski, Philippe Dumas. An introduction to photocatalysis through methylene blue photodegradation. European Journal of Physics, European Physical Society, 2016, 37 (6), pp.065808. ⟨10.1088/0143-0807/37/6/065808⟩. ⟨hal-01382652⟩

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