Removal of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) pollutants from water by novel TiO2-Coconut Shell Powder (TCNSP) composite

Majeda Khraisheh, Jongkyu Kim, Luiza Campos, Ala'a H. Al-Muhtaseb, Alaa Al-Hawari, Mohammad Al Ghouti, Gavin M. Walker

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Photocatlytic removal of three pharmaceutical and personal care products pollutants using novel TiO2-Coconut Shell Powder (TCNSP) composite was investigated. The photocatalytic degradation rate of PPCPs generally increased with increasing light intensity and dissolved oxygen concentration. The degradation rate decreased with increasing initial concentration of PPCPs. The PPCPs concentration decreased substantially under irradiation of UVC when used in conjunction with the TCNSP composite. A number of composite/radiation types and intensities were tested. The concentration rate decrease trend was as: UVC/TCNSP>UVA/TCNSP>UVC>UVA. Under the UVC/TCNP combination, 99% removal was achieved compared to 30% for TiO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)979-987
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 25 2014



  • Coconut Shell Powder
  • Pharmaceutical and personal care products
  • Photocatalytic degradation
  • Recycling performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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