Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol.248, 441-449, 2019
Significantly accelerated PEC degradation of organic pollutant with addition of sulfite and mechanism study
Visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical (PEC) catalysis has been widely studied as a promising technique for the degradation of organic pollutants in wastewater. Herein, we report a sulfite-enhanced PEC degradation process for the degradation of organic pollutant. The degradation rate was significantly enhanced by similar to 30 times with the addition of 16 mM sulfite. The Electron Spin Resonance (ESR), Transient Absorption (TA) and hole scavenger studies showed that sulfite radicals (SO3 center dot-) were the main reactive species in the reactions. The pollutant degradation pathway was studied by in-situ techniques and mass spectrometer, showing that the sulfite addition can promote the cleavage of aromatic ring C-C bond and C-N bond.