Removal of oxytetracycline from water by liquid-phase plasma process with an iron precipitated TiO2 photocatalyst

Chan Seo You, Heon Lee, Jaegu Park, Sun Jae Kim, Young Kwon Park, Sang Chai Kim, Sang Chul Jung

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Abstract

This study developed a new water treatment method using liquid-phase plasma (LPP) process that can decompose oxytetracycline (OTC) remaining in the aquatic environment. Relatedly, the OTC causes damage to the human body and cannot be removed by traditional water treatment methods. The study also prepared Fe/TiO2 photocatalyst responding to visible light using the LPP process. In particular, the OTC decomposition efficiency of the LPP process improved by more than 10% with the use of the Fe/TiO2 photocatalyst as compared to that of the one with the use of bare TiO2 photocatalyst. Further, the optimal LPP process parameters and Fe/TiO2 photocatalyst amount in the LPP process for OTC decomposition were established in the study. Finally, the degradation pathway of the OTC in the LPP process was found based on the five intermediates of the LPP reaction that were detected by the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. In particular, the decomposition pathway was estimated to be involving the mineralization of the OTC through demethylation, deamination, dehydration, and ring cleavage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136163
JournalChemosphere
Volume308
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Band gap energy
  • Degradation pathway
  • Liquid-phase plasma
  • Oxytetracycline
  • Visible light responsive photocatalyst

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