Volume 45 - Issue 3 - 375 - 383

Experimental and Computational Investigations of Decolourization of Rhodamine B in Aqueous Solution

Sulu Çözeltide Rodamin B’nin Renk Gideriminin Deneysel ve Hesaplamalı Araştırılması

The aim of the study was comparatively to investigate decolourization of Rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solution using photocatalytic and ultrasonic processes. Also, computational investigations of RhB0 and RhB+- compounds were performed at HF/6-31G level in gas phase. Photocatalytic decolourization of RhB was studied using TiO2 and silver-loaded TiO2 (Ag-TiO2) as catalyst. It was found that decolourization by photocatalytic process of RhB increased with decreasing pH, and decolourization rate also increased in the presence of TiO2/ UV when compared to UV irradiation alone. Moreover, Ag-loading to TiO2 dramatically reduced decolourization time. The decolourization by ultrasonic process of RhB was also studied by using various salts and initial dye concentrations at various pHs and amplitudes. The decolourization by ultrasonic process of RhB was found to increase with decreasing pH, increasing amplitudes and addition of various salts to aqueous solution. It was observed that the decolourization decreased with increasing initial RhB concentration. The decolourization rate of the dye was monitored spectrophotometrically at 554 nm.

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