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Insight into the synthesis procedure of Fe3+/​TiO2 -based photocatalyst applied in the selective photo-oxidation of benzyl alcohol under sun-imitating lamp



Fe3+/TiO2/zeolite Y photocatalyst synthesized by using sonophotodeposition method was compared with photocatalysts prepared by simple photodeposition and sonodeposition methods in order to clarify the role of light irradiation and ultrasounds while they are used simultaneously. To gain an insight into the mechanism of this method a detailed characterization of the photocatalysts was carried out by means of the following techniques: UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Mössbauer measurements and photocatalytic test reaction. Basing on the results from these techniques the chemical role of light and mainly mechanical role of ultrasound were observed. The selective photocatalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol into benzaldehyde in liquid phase was a test reaction verifying the utility of the prepared materials. The best photocatalytic efficiency in this reaction was performed by photocatalyst synthesized using compilation of ultrasound energy with photoexcitation.

Agnieszka Magdziarz, Juan C. Colmenares, Olga Chernyayeva, Dmytro Lisovytskiy, Justyna Grzonka, Krzysztof Kurzydłowski, Kinga Freindl, Józef Korecki. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry 38 (2017) 189 – 196.

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