The destruction of stearic acid (SA), the SA test, is a popular approach used to evaluate the activities of photocatalytic films. The destruction of SA via semiconductor photocatalysis is monitored simultaneously, using FT-IR spectroscopy, via the disappearance of SA and the appearance of CO2, Sol-gel and P25 films of titania are used as the semiconductor photocatalytic self-cleaning films. A conversion factor is used of 9.7 x 1015 molecules of SA cm(-2) 1 Cru-1 integrated areas of the peaks in the Fr-IR of SA over the range 2700-3000 cm(-1), which is three times that reported previously by others. As the SA disappeared the concomitant amount of CO2 generated was > 90% that expected throughout the photomineralisation process for the sol-gel titania film. In contrast, the slightly more active, and scattering, P25 fitania films generated CO2 levels that dipped as low as 69% during the course of the photoreaction, but eventually recovered to congruent to 100% that expected based on the amount of SA present. The importance of these results with respect to SA test and the evaluation of new and existing self-cleaning films are discussed briefly. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Aug 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry