Cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) toxins are extremely toxic naturally occurring substances which display hepato- and neurotoxic behaviour (1, 2). In this paper we report the application of titanium dioxide photocatalysis for the destruction of two of these compounds, microcystin-LR and anatoxin-a. The destruction of microcystin appears to follow Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics although a discrepancy was observed between adsorption constants determined for the photocatalytic process with those obtained from dark isotherms. A square root dependence between illumination intensity and rate of microcystin destruction was noted. When the destruction was performed in the presence of the naturally occurring pigment it appeared that the pigment also contributes to the destruction of the toxin. Toxicity studies on the photocatalysed toxin solutions indicates that the toxicity is substantially reduced within 30 min photolysis.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1999|