In Situ Detoxification of Venomous Agent X Surrogate Profenofos by Doped Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles under Illumination at the UV and Visible Ranges

Avraham Dayan, Rotem Mor Yosef, Judith Risphon, Eran Tuval, Gideon Fleminger

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Abstract

The photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide (TiO2) due to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under UV excitation is often used for the decontamination of toxic hazardous materials and self-cleaning processes. However, the large band gap of TiO2 limits the activity to the UV region. This limitation can be overcome by metal doping, which results in extending TiO2 activity into the visible range (vis). This paper describes the preparation and characterization of several TiO2 forms and their modifications for enhanced photocatalytic activity in the UV/vis range. In order to advance this concept for environmental decontamination, the degradation of the organophosphorus pesticide and chemical warfare agent, profenofos (PF), was tested. Fast and full degradation of PF was achieved using either TiO2 in the near-UV (365 nm) or Ag-doped TiO2 (TiO2-Ag) in the UV and vis ranges (400-550 nm). The degradation products were identified chromatographically using GC/MS and HPLC, while the detoxification effect was determined electrochemically using an acetylcholinesterase biosensor. In view of our results, we suggest that TiO2-Ag may be implemented as an additive in surface coatings to allow in situ green self-cleaning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9456-9461
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume123
Issue number44
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Nov 2019

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