Study of Methyl tert-butyl Ether (MTBE) Photocatalytic Degradation with UV/TiO2-ZnO-CuO Nanoparticles


1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Ilam University, Ilam, Iran

2 Department of Chemical Engineering, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Environmental Research, Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of Chemical Engineering, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran Department of Environmental Research, Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran


In this study, the TiO2-ZnO-CuO nanoparticles were primed by sol-gel method characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), for degradation of MTBE solution in water. The effectiveness of the treatment method applied for the degradation of MTBE based on an advanced photocatalytic oxidation process was investigated. The three various key parameters were optimized using response surface modeling namely: pH, TiO2-ZnO-CuO concentration and the initial MTBE concentrations. The optimized values were obtained at the PH (7), TiO2-ZnO-CuO concentration (1.49 g/L), and the initial MTBE concentration (31.46 mg/L). Finally, kinetics reaction of degradtion MTBE was carried in the optimum conditions.


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Volume 7, Issue 1 - Serial Number 1
January 2017
Pages 19-32
  • Receive Date: 01 January 2017
  • Revise Date: 07 December 2019
  • Accept Date: 29 October 2018
  • First Publish Date: 29 October 2018