The photocatalytic mineralisation of perchloroethylene (PCE) is demonstrated mainly in terms of CO2 formation to investigate the effects of various factors such as dissolved oxygen (DO), titanium dioxide semiconductor (TiO2) catalyst dosage, PCE concentration and pH on PCE photocatalysis. PCE was rapidly adsorbed onto the TiO2 particles followed by its gradual degradation, and CO2 production started after a short lag time that corresponded to the adsorption phase. The rate of CO2 formation increased with increasing DO, TiO2 dosage and PCE concentration. There was no significant effect of initial pH on the CO2 production rate over a wide pH range. The dependence of the CO2 formation on PCE concentration was found to obey the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. No intermediates were detected during PCE degradation and PCE degradation followed a first-order reaction.

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