n this work, we present an effective approach, based on the combination of the molecular imprinting process and the photocatalysis, to perform a selective degradation of a specific and toxic pesticide. The TiO 2 photocatalyst was imprinted through a simple and easy scaling-up synthesis method. The herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4D), a widespread pesticide in agriculture, was chosen as contaminant-target. The morphological, structural, optical, and textural properties of the TiO 2 -based materials were assessed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and N 2 adsorption-desorption measurements, whereas the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) characterization was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the molecular imprinting process. The significant increase of the photocatalytic activity of the imprinted TiO 2 with the corresponding pesticide-target, compared to bare TiO 2 , highlighted the synergism between the molecular imprinting and the photocatalysis. The good performance of the molecularly imprinted TiO 2 photocatalyst allows to consider this approach as a promising strategy to obtain selective photocatalysts.

Selective photodegradation of 2,4-D pesticide from water by molecularly imprinted TiO2

FIORENZA, ROBERTO
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DI MAURO, ALESSANDRO;Cantarella, Maria;Impellizzeri, Giuliana
2019

Abstract

n this work, we present an effective approach, based on the combination of the molecular imprinting process and the photocatalysis, to perform a selective degradation of a specific and toxic pesticide. The TiO 2 photocatalyst was imprinted through a simple and easy scaling-up synthesis method. The herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4D), a widespread pesticide in agriculture, was chosen as contaminant-target. The morphological, structural, optical, and textural properties of the TiO 2 -based materials were assessed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and N 2 adsorption-desorption measurements, whereas the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) characterization was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the molecular imprinting process. The significant increase of the photocatalytic activity of the imprinted TiO 2 with the corresponding pesticide-target, compared to bare TiO 2 , highlighted the synergism between the molecular imprinting and the photocatalysis. The good performance of the molecularly imprinted TiO 2 photocatalyst allows to consider this approach as a promising strategy to obtain selective photocatalysts.
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