Fabrication of Ni/TiO2 visible light responsive photocatalyst for decomposition of oxytetracycline

Jaegu Park, Su Shiung Lam, Young Kwon Park, Byung Joo Kim, Kay Hyeok An, Sang Chul Jung

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Nickel-impregnated TiO2 photocatalyst (NiTP) responding to visible light was prepared by the liquid phase plasma (LPP) method, and its photoactivity was evaluated in degrading an antibiotic (oxytetracycline, OTC). For preparing the photocatalyst, nickel was uniformly impregnated onto TiO2 (P-25) powder, and the nickel content increased as the number of LPP reactions increased. In addition, the morphology and lattice of NiTP were observed through various instrumental analyses, and it was confirmed that NiO-type nanoparticles were impregnated in NiTP. Fundamentally, as the amount of impregnated nickel in the TiO2 powder increased sufficiently, the band gap energy of TiO2 decreased, and eventually, the NiTP excited by visible light was synthesized. Further, OTC had a decomposition reaction pathway in which active radicals generated in OTC photocatalytic reaction under NiTP were finally mineralized through reactions such as decarboxamidation, hydration, deamination, demethylation, and dehydroxylation. In effect, we succeeded in synthesizing a photocatalyst useable under visible light by performing only the LPP single process and developed a new advanced oxidation process (AOP) that can remove toxic antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114657
JournalEnvironmental Research
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Band gap energy
  • Liquid phase plasma
  • Nickel-impregnated TiO photocatalyst
  • OH radical
  • Oxytetracycline


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