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Photocatalytic Decolorization of Acid Red 186 Using Alternative Developed Photocatalyst MBIR Dowex 11

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, Govt. PG College, KOTA, Rajasthan, INDIAPhotochemistry Lab, Department of Chemistry, JNV University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 2, Issue (9), Pages 56-62, September,18 (2012)


Methylene blue immobilized resin (MBIR) Dowex 11 was used as a photocatalyst for the removal of Acid Red 186 (C.I. 18810) from aqueous solutions. The rate of decolorization of dye was investigated under various parameters such as catalyst dose, concentration of dye, pH of the solution, light intensity and dissolved oxygen was systematically studied. The heterogeneous photocatalyst MBIR Dowex 11 is cheap and a very good alternative to replace costly traditional treatment technologies for industrial application. The size of catalyst particle is 20-50 mesh can filter easily. The kinetics of photocatalytic degradation of the dye was found to follow pseudo first-order kinetics according to Langumuir-Hinshelwood model. The results showed that the dye removal efficiency found 98% after 160 min of reaction time. The possible reaction mechanism and recycle study of catalyst are also discussed.


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