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The role of the reactive oxygen species and the influence of KBiO3 synthesis method in the photodegradation of methylene blue and ciprofloxacin

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KBiO3 was synthesized by three methods: chemical substitution, hydrothermal and sonochemical. All reaction products were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction and reveal that KBiO3 presents a cubic structure. The morphology of each sample was analyzed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the micrographs show particles with cube-like (chemical substitution), spheres-like (sonochemical) and flakes-like (hydrothermal) shape. HR-TEM technique was used to confirm the crystal structure and to determine the particle size of the samples, also it was used to corroborate the morphology. The photocatalytic activity of KBiO3 was evaluated on the reactions of the degradation of methylene blue (MB) and Ciprofloxacin (CPFX). An almost 100% discoloration of MB was reached at 120 min with KBiO3 obtained by the sonochemical method and a 67% degradation of CPFX was obtained by KBiO3 synthesized by the hydrothermal method. These results were associated with the catalyst morphology and organic adsorption on the surface of the catalyst. With the aim for a further understanding of the photocatalytic degradation of MB and CPFX, scavengers such as benzoquinone, isopropanol, and catalase were added to the photocatalytic reaction in order to identify the reactive oxygen species (ROS) involved. It has been found that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was the primary oxidizing species for the degradation of MB; meanwhile in the case of the oxidation of CPFX occurred by the presence of the superoxide radical (O 2 −· ).

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The authors wish to thank the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) for its invaluable support; FIC, for support of Project PAIFIC/2018-6; CONACYT, for support of Project CB-2013-01 Clave: 220802 and CB-2014 Clave: 237049, Problemas Nacionales PN-2015-01-610; SEP, for support of Project PFCE 2017–2018 Apoyo al CA-UANL-244 and REDES TEMÁTICAS 2015-CA-UANL-244.

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Montalvo-Herrera, T., Sánchez-Martínez, D., Hernandez-Uresti, D.B. et al. The role of the reactive oxygen species and the influence of KBiO3 synthesis method in the photodegradation of methylene blue and ciprofloxacin. Reac Kinet Mech Cat 126, 561–573 (2019).

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  • KBiO3
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • Photocatalysis
  • Organic pollutants
  • Scavengers