Modeling and Optimization of the Photocatalytic Reduction of Molecular Oxygen to Hydrogen Peroxide over Titanium Dioxide

B. O. Burek, D. W. Bahnemann, J. Z. Bloh

ACS Catal., 9 (2019), 25-37  doi: 10.1021/acscatal.8b03638

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This study focuses on understanding the mechanisms for optimization of the photocatalytic hydrogen peroxide production over TiO2 (Aeroxide P25). Via precise control of the reaction parameters (pH, temperature, catalyst amount, oxygen content, sacrificial electron donor and light intensity) it is possible to tune either the apparent quantum yield or the production rate. As a result of the optimization, apparent quantum yields of up to 19.8 % and production rates of up to 83 µM min-1 were obtained. We also observed a light dependent change of the reaction order and an interdependency of the light intensity and catalyst amount and developed a well-fitting kinetic model for it, which might also be applied to other reactions. Furthermore, a previously unreported inactivation of the photocatalyst in case of water oxidation is described.


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