The photocatalytic degradation of three reactive azo dyes (yellow-2, orange-16 and red-2) and one anthraquinone reactive dye (blue-19) was studied. The reactions were carried out in a reactor with recirculation using TiO2 immobilised on glass Raschig rings (system A) and compared with a batch system using the catalyst in aqueous suspension (system B). Both reaction systems were irradiated with a 125 W, l > 254 nm lamp. The suspended TiO2 system was also studied using a 125 W 360 nm lamp (system C). Kinetic studies indicated a rapid colour removal, following the order B > A > C. The same trend was observed in COD and TOC removal profiles. The energy consumption per order of magnitude of catalytic degradation of the dyes was lower in the batch reactor (system B) than in the reactor with recirculation and immobilised TiO2 (system A).

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