The synthesis of valuable organic compounds from naturally available and renewable biomass is an open field of research towards adaptation in real-life applications. Photocatalytic valorization is assumed as a potential candidate, although the lower efficiency of the traditional batch photocatalytic reactor sets some drawbacks. Recently, photocatalytic microreactors revealed as a prosperous candidate for various photocatalytic reactions, especially for selective oxidation. This area of research is challenging due to the development of the proper photocatalytic microreactor for the targeted application. Deposition of the catalyst on the internal surface of the microreactor, the sufficient utilization of the irradiation, optimization of the reaction parameters are among the most vital parameters that should be considered upon the design. Although, to obtain the most active material and tune its crucial features to maximize its catalytic performance inside the microreactors is the uppermost important part. This work introduces ultrasound-assisted TiO2 deposition on the inner walls of a perfluoroalkoxyalkane microtube under mild conditions. The deposition experiments were carried out with commercial and sol-gel synthesized TiO2. The materials were characterized by XRD, UV-Vis DRS, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and nitrogen sorption. The photocatalytic activities of the TiO2 nano-engineered fluoropolymer based microreactors were evaluated for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol in flow.
S.R. Pradhan, V. Nair, D.A. Giannakoudakis, D. Lisovytskiy, and J.C. Colmenares. Molecular Catalysis , 486 (2020) 110884. Open Access!!!