Title: Application of Photocatalytic Technology for NOx Removal
Authors: MAGGOS T.BARTZIS J.g.LEVA PAOLOKOTZIAS DIMITRIOS
Citation: APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING vol. 89 p. 81-84
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC40838
ISSN: 0947-8396
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC40838
DOI: 10.1007/s00339-007-4033-6
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Materials that contain a photocatalyst have a semipermanent capacity for removing harmful gases from the ambient air. It is the purpose of this study to investigate the photocatalystic activity of commercial paints containing TiO2 nanoparticles towards NO and NO2. Experiments were carried out in a stainless steel (30m-3) walk-in type environmental chamber (Indoortron), under "real world setting" conditions of temperature, relative humidity, irradiation and pollutant concentrations. Two types of nanoraticleTiO2-containing paints were tested for their depolluting properties: a mineral silicate paint and a water-based styrene acrylic paint. The result showed a significant effect of TiO2-materials in reducing NOx. It was found that up to 74% of NO and 27% of NO2 where photocatalytically degraded by the mineral silicate paint, while degradation percentage using the styrene acrylic paint reached 91% and 71% for NO and NO2, respectively. The photocatalytic rate of NO on the mineral and styrene acrylic paint was calculated to 0.11 mg m-2s and 0.18 mg m-2s, respectively, indicating higher photocatalytic performance of the organic based material. The effect of relative humidity (RH) was also investigated. An increase of RH from 20% to 50% inhibited the NOx photocatalysis in the surface of the samples.
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