The selective photocatalytic oxidation of organic substances is today considered one of the green techniques to synthesize important starting materials in different technological applications. This work reports an efficient, simple and cheap strategy for the synthesis of a new photocatalytic CuBi2O4-TiO2 (CBO/TiO2) heterosystem at room temperature. The prepared powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electrochemical measurements. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by performing a probe reaction, namely the partial oxidation of 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol (4-MBA) to 4-methoxybenzaldehyde (4-MBAld) in aqueous solution under irradiation of simulated sunlight. The CBO/TiO2 coupled systems showed a higher photoactivity than the single photocatalysts reaching a selectivity of 45% towards 4‑methoxy-benzaldehyde with an alcohol conversion of 77% after 4 h of irradiation. Furthermore, although a high alcohol conversion was achieved, the selectivity towards 4-MBAld was significant, unlike what has been reported in the literature for many heterogeneous photocatalytic reactions whose selectivity generally decreases significantly with the increasing conversion of the starting alcohol molecule. The improved photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the partial coverage of the TiO2 surface by CBO which reduces the subsequent oxidation of the formed aldehyde.

Djaballah A.M., Bellardita M., Palmisano L., Loddo V., Umair M., Pecoraro C.M., et al. (2023). Facile preparation of CuBi2O4/TiO2 hetero-systems employed for simulated solar-light selective oxidation of 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol model compound. MOLECULAR CATALYSIS, 546, 113251 [10.1016/j.mcat.2023.113251].

Facile preparation of CuBi2O4/TiO2 hetero-systems employed for simulated solar-light selective oxidation of 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol model compound

Bellardita M.
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Palmisano L.;Loddo V.;Umair M.;Pecoraro C. M.;
2023-07-15

Abstract

The selective photocatalytic oxidation of organic substances is today considered one of the green techniques to synthesize important starting materials in different technological applications. This work reports an efficient, simple and cheap strategy for the synthesis of a new photocatalytic CuBi2O4-TiO2 (CBO/TiO2) heterosystem at room temperature. The prepared powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electrochemical measurements. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by performing a probe reaction, namely the partial oxidation of 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol (4-MBA) to 4-methoxybenzaldehyde (4-MBAld) in aqueous solution under irradiation of simulated sunlight. The CBO/TiO2 coupled systems showed a higher photoactivity than the single photocatalysts reaching a selectivity of 45% towards 4‑methoxy-benzaldehyde with an alcohol conversion of 77% after 4 h of irradiation. Furthermore, although a high alcohol conversion was achieved, the selectivity towards 4-MBAld was significant, unlike what has been reported in the literature for many heterogeneous photocatalytic reactions whose selectivity generally decreases significantly with the increasing conversion of the starting alcohol molecule. The improved photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the partial coverage of the TiO2 surface by CBO which reduces the subsequent oxidation of the formed aldehyde.
15-lug-2023
Settore CHIM/07 - Fondamenti Chimici Delle Tecnologie
Settore ING-IND/24 - Principi Di Ingegneria Chimica
Settore ING-IND/23 - Chimica Fisica Applicata
Djaballah A.M., Bellardita M., Palmisano L., Loddo V., Umair M., Pecoraro C.M., et al. (2023). Facile preparation of CuBi2O4/TiO2 hetero-systems employed for simulated solar-light selective oxidation of 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol model compound. MOLECULAR CATALYSIS, 546, 113251 [10.1016/j.mcat.2023.113251].
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