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A photocatalytic impeller reactor for gas phase heterogeneous photocatalysis.

Tokode, Oluwatosin; Prabhu, Radhakrishna; Lawton, Linda A.; Robertson, Peter K.J.


Oluwatosin Tokode

Peter K.J. Robertson


A novel photocatalytic reactor based on a stirred tank configuration has been described. This reactor employs the use of photocatalytic impellers to aid the mass transport of gaseous organic compounds during photocatalytic reactions. Experiments involving toluene vapour photo-oxidation showed the reactor configuration is susceptible to catalyst deactivation even at low concentrations if treated for prolonged periods. For this reactor, the reactive time scale exceeds the diffusive time scale hence, toluene photo-oxidation was reaction limited. The dependency of photonic efficiency of the reaction on mass transfer and catalyst deactivation was observed when correlated with the Damk{uml}ohler number and deactivation induced reduction reaction rates respectively. The results show an inverse variation with Damk{uml}ohler number and proportionality to reaction rates.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 31, 2017
Journal Journal of environmental chemical engineering
Print ISSN 2213-3437
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 4
Pages 3942-3948
Institution Citation TOKODE, O., PRABHU, R., LAWTON, L.A. and ROBERTSON, P.K.J. 2017. A photocatalytic impeller reactor for gas phase heterogeneous photocatalysis. Journal of environmental chemical engineering [online], 5(4), pages 3942-3948. Available from:
Keywords Titanium dioxide; Thin film; Reactor engineering; Photocatalysis; Catalyst deactivation


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