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Photocatalytic Degradation of Naphthalene and Anthracene: Gc-Ms Analysis of the Degradation Pathway

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The mechanism of the photocatalytic transformation of naphthalene and anthracene has been studied qualitatively in aqueous suspensions of titanium dioxide under UV-irradiation. The degradation products were identified by GC-MS technique. 15 different intermediates have been identified during the photocatalytic degradation of naphthalene. A detailed reaction mechanism is proposed to explain their formation. For the photocatalytic degradation of anthracene phthalic acid and 9,10-anthraquinone have been found as relatively stable intermediates. Their photocatalytic degradation has been followed in separate experiments to achieve further clarification of the reaction pathway.

Affiliations: 1: Institut für Solarenergieforschung GmbH, Sokelantstraβe 5, 30165 Hannover, Germany; 2: Ras Lanuf Oil & Gas Processing Co. Inc., P.O. Box 2323, Tripoli, Libya


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