Photocatalytic degradation of spill oils on TiO2 nanotube thin films

Ying Ya Hsu, Tung Li Hsiung, H. Paul Wang, Yasuhiro Fukushima, Yu Ling Wei, Juu En Chang

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The nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanotube (N-TNT) thin films were synthesized using ZnO nanorods as the template and doped with urea at 623 K. Under ultraviolet (UV) and visible light irradiation, the efficiencies for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue is as high as 30%. About 10% of toluene (representing aromatics in the spill oils) in sea water can be photocatalytically degraded under visible light radiation for 120 min. The aliphatic model compound (1-hexadecene) has, on the contrary, a less efficiency (8%) on the N-TNT photocatalyst. On the average, under visible light radiation, the effectnesses of the N-TNT for photocatalytic degradation of model compounds in the spill oils in sea water are 0.38 mg toluene/gN-TNT h and 0.25 mg 1-hexadecene/gN-TNT h. It is expected that spill oils in the harbors or seashores can be adsorbed and photocatalytically degraded on the N-TNT thin films that are coated onto levee at the sea water surface level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-876
Number of pages4
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number6-12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Nitrogen-doped TiO
  • Photocatalysis
  • Spill oil
  • TiO nanotube


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