Optimization of the Photocatalytic Oxidation Process in Toluene Removal from Air

Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Student Research Committee, School of Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, P.O.Box 34197-659811, Qazvin, Iran

2 Department of Occupational Health, School of Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, P.O.Box 34197-659811, Qazvin, Iran

3 Health Products Safety Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, P.O.Box 34197-659811, Qazvin, Iran


The presence of volatile organic compounds in the indoor environment and their unwanted effects on human health are inevitable. That's why different methods have been proposed to remove them from air. The present study examines using photocatalytic reaction system along with TiO2 particles coated on stainless steel webnet to study direct conversion of toluene using a new design. The study was carried out using UV radiation in a dynamic concentrator system. SEM and XRD analyses were performed to characterize prepared catalysts. Here, the aim was to employ photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) to optimize removal efficiency and elimination capacity using response surface methodology (RSM). To this end, initial concentration and flow rate were selected as independent variables. High removal efficiency and elimination capacity were realized using optimal settings. The findings indicated that PCO process with a new design other than RSM was an option to treat air pollution containing volatile organic compounds.


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