The effects of pH and the surface charge of photocatalyst on photocatalytic reduction of bromate ions in water were examined by using TiO2 and alumina-loaded TiO2 photocatalysts. The amount of adsorbed bromate ion on TiO2 and the reduction rate of bromate ion by the TiO2 photocatalyst increased with lowering pH. It was suggested that the bromate ion adsorbed predominantly on the positively charged surface sites of TiO2 at lower pH, which thus promotes the rate of reduction. The iso-electric point of the TiO2 photocatalyst was shifted to the higher pH region by loading alumina on the TiO2 surface, which resulted in the increase of the adsorbed amount of bromate on the photocatalyst and the reduction rate of bromate ion by the photocatalyst at neutral pH. It was concluded from these results that the photocatalytic reduction of bromate ion can be promoted by pH control of water or by controlling the surface charge of the photocatalyst by loading alumina without pH control of water.

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