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Synthesis and Application of Nanosize Semiconductors for Photoxidation of Toxic Organic Chemicals. J.P. Wilcoxon, Nanostructures and Advanced Materials Chemistry Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, N.M ., 87185-1421 [email protected]

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Synthesis and application of nanosize semiconductors for photoxidation of toxic organic chemicals

Synthesis and Application of Nanosize Semiconductors for Photoxidation of Toxic Organic Chemicals

J.P. Wilcoxon,

Nanostructures and Advanced Materials Chemistry

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, N.M., 87185-1421

[email protected]

Colloborators: T.R. Thurston, P. Provencio, G.A. Samara

Talk Outline

  • Industrial Solvents in the Environment (Impregnated Sediments, Water Table)

  • Brief History of the problem and possible remediation approaches (Bioremediation, Soil Washing, Adsorption, Photooxidation)

  • Photocatalysis using UV light and nanosize TiO2 and SnO2.

  • Photocatalysis using visible light and MoS2 nanoclusters.

  • Acknowledgement:Div. Of Materials Science and Engineering, Office of Science, US Dept. of Energy under contract DE-AC-04-AL8500. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin Company, for the US Dept. of Energy. This work performed under the aupices of the DOE Environmental Science/Environmental Research (ER/ES) Program.


Typical scenario dense non aqueous solvent pools

Typical Scenario-Dense Non-Aqueous Solvent Pools

Rain

Organic Pool in Soil

Slow Leaching

Water Table

  • Major Remediation Issues-

  • 1) Low Solubility (1-10 ppm) in water provides continuous leaching with time

  • 2) Treatment of large volumes of highly diluted toxins

  • 3) Cost of treatment

  • Examples-

  • Cleaning Solvents- Tri-Chloroethylene (TCE)

  • Herbicides/Fungacides/Pesticides (Pentachlorophenol (PCP), DDT)

  • Explosives (e.g. TNT)


Possible treatment approaches

Possible Treatment Approaches-

Step 1: Excavation, Soil Washing

Conventional Treatment Options:

1)Filtration and/or Adsorption of toxic chemicals in aqueous supernatant from Step 1

2)Chemical Oxidation or Total Mineralization of the the Organics

3)Deep UV Photooxidation of the Organics

4)Photocatalytic oxidation of the Organics (e.g. colloidal titania slurries)

  • Cost and large volumes involved are the principal practical concerns.


Synthesis and application of nanosize semiconductors for photoxidation of toxic organic chemicals

sunlight

- - - -

e

electron/hole

chlorinatedaromatic

+

+ H2O

CO2 + HCl

transfer reactions

+ + + +

h

MoS2 nanocrystal

Alternative Approach Use stable, inorganic, semiconductor nanoclusters with tunable bandgaps to oxidize organic chemicals using sunlight

  • Clusters can be used in both dispersed and heterogeneous forms (supported)


Advantanges of this approach

Advantanges of this Approach-

  • The light absorption and energy levels of the semiconductor valence and conduction bands can be adjusted in a single material by changing the size (quantum confinement effect).

  • A covalent semiconductor material with excellent photostability and low toxicity can be selected (e.g. MoS2).

  • Our synthesis allows easy chemical modification of the nanocluster surface properties (e.g. deposition of a metal).

  • Small size of nanocluster vastly reduces electron-hole recombination rate and undesired light scattering.

  • Nanoclusters are easily deposited on bulk support materials from a dispersed liquid phase.

  • Both dispersed and supported nanoclusters can be studied, allowing complete characterization of the photocatalyst microstructure.


Photocatalysts material requirements

Photocatalysts Material Requirements -

1) Efficient conversion of sunlight to electron-hole pairs.

2) Surface trapping of electrons and holes before recombination.

3) Catalyst photostability.

4) Inexpensive, chemically-stable, environmentally benign materials.


Mos 2 layered structure gives chemical stability

Mo, W

S, Se

12.3 Å

weak van-der-Waals forces

:N

bipyridine

(bpy)

:N

MoS2 layered structure gives chemical stability-

  • Binding of substrate organic chemical occurs at metal edge sites.

  • Electron transfer rates allow an estimation of shift of the redox potential with size


Mos 2 like tio 2 has exceptional photostability

Ionic II-VI Materials

Carrier Excitation Weakens

Covalent Semi-conductors (Stable)

Chemical Bonds (Unstable)

Mo, 4dxy

Cd, 5s

0.1 V

-

-

-

-

Conduction

Band

light

Energy

1.33 V

2.4 V

+

+

Valence

Band

Mo, 4 dz

+

+

S 3p

S 3p

MoS2

CdS

MoS2, Like TiO2 Has Exceptional Photostability-

  • Kinetic stability occurs because both valence and conduction bands are localized on the metal, so carrier excitation doesn’t weaken any chemical bonds


Mos 2 synthesis purification and characterization

MoS2 synthesis, purification, and characterization-

Synthesis in Inverse Micelle System

Mo4+ + 2S2- = MoS2

Mo Source: MoCl4, S Source: H2S, Oil: Octane

Typical Surfactant: Tri-ocytlmethylammonium Chloride (TOAC)


Purification by extraction into acetonitrile acn

Purification by extraction into Acetonitrile (ACN)

ACN

MoS2

In ACN

With hydrophilic cationic Surfactant

MoS2

In Oil

Oil

With Hydrophobic TOAC Surfactant

1) Liquid Chromatography shows the MoS2 clusters have a net charge.

2) Samples diluted into water are dialized to remove unwanted ions like SO4-2

3) Analysis by XRF gives the final [Mo] and [Mo]:[S]~ 1 : 2.4 for D=3 nm.


Quantum size effects influence the optical and electronic properties of the resulting solutions

Quantum Size Effects influence the optical and electronic properties of the resulting solutions-

  • By adjusting the size alone, the conductance and valence band energy levels can be shifted allowing new types of photocatalytic behavior to occur


Structural size characterization

Structural/Size Characterization-

Chromatogram of clusters

Linewidth(polydispersity) comparable to chemical impurities


Light absorbance and redox potentials

Light Absorbance and Redox Potentials-

  • Greater light absorbance reduces the ability to oxidize a given organic.

  • Mixtures of Nanoclusters will likely optimize the photooxidation process.


Photochemical reactor

Photochemical Reactor-

  • 400 W Xe arc lamp with long pass filters.

  • Cylindrical reactor with sampling port and overhead illumination.


Liquid chromatography is used to follow the kinetics of photo redox reactions

1000

MoS

Photocatalyst

2

800

Organic Impurity

Oxidized to CO

2

600

increasing

Absorbance (250 nm)

time

400

200

organic impurity

t = 0

0

3

4

5

6

7

8

elution time (min)

Liquid Chromatography is Used to Follow the Kinetics of Photo-Redox Reactions-

  • Basic Concept -

  • Chemicals (and dispersed nanoclusters) travel through a porous medium which separates them and they elute at various times.

  • The amount of chemical in each elution peak is measured using an absorbance or fluorescence detector and compared to known amounts of the same chemical.

  • Intermediate break-down products are also identified.

  • The size of the elution peak at a chosen absorbance wavelength gives the amount of each chemical.

  • The stability of the nanosize photocatalyst can be determined from changes in the complete absorbance spectrum at its elution peak.

Example - Destruction of an Alkyl Chloride Organic Impurity using dispersed nanosize (D = 3 nm) MoS2.


Optical absorbance of nanocluster catalyst is unchanged

Optical Absorbance of Nanocluster Catalyst is Unchanged-

  • No reduction in optical absorbance, nanocluster concentration, or photocatalytic activity were observed


Photocatalysis of phenol using nanosize mos 2 supported on tio 2 powder

Photocatalysis of Phenol Using Nanosize MoS2 Supported on TiO2 Powder

  • Visible Light Absorbance by MoS2.

  • Carrier transfer between MoS2 and TiO2 slurry particles decreases recombination rate and increases photooxidation rate of organic.


Photocatalysis of phenol using nanosize mos 2 supported on tio 2 powder1

Photocatalysis of Phenol Using Nanosize MoS2 Supported on TiO2 Powder

  • Visible (l>450 nm)Light Absorbance by MoS2 shows exponential photo-oxidation kinetics.

  • A strong size dependence of photo-oxidation rate is observed.


Pentachlorophenol pcp photocatalysis studies

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Photocatalysis Studies-

PCP UV Photooxidation Results using TiO2 (Degussa)

UV Photooxidaton using D=25 nm, SnO2 Clusters

  • Intermediate Photooxidation Products Depend on Catalyst Material


Pcp photooxidation results summary

PCP Photooxidation Results(Summary)

PCP UV Photooxidation Results

Visible Light Photooxidation Results

  • CO2 measured at end of reaction confirms total photooxidation of PCP.


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Photo-oxidation of an alkyl chloride by nanosize MoS2 shows a strong size dependence and occurs with weak visible illumination.

  • HPLC analysis demonstrates that no changes occur in the quantity or absorbance properties of nanosize MoS2 during the photooxidation of this alkyl chloride.

  • Both nanosize SnO2 and MoS2 show a strong size-dependent photocatalytic activity.

  • Nanosize MoS2 can be an effective photocatalyst for PCP photo-oxidation even with only visible (l>400 nm) light.


Future directions

Future Directions

  • Improve nanocluster/support interactions by heat treatments after deposition of nanoclusters to improve photocatalysis kinetics.

  • Examine nanocluster systems with mixed sizes (bandedges and potentials) to optimize solar absorbance while still allowing a sufficient driving force for the photooxidation process.

  • Examine the photooxidation of long-lived organics such as pesticides, and polycyclic aromatics using nanosize MoS2 to determine reaction kinetics and final breakdown products.

  • Investigate alternative, highly stable nanocluster catalysts (RuS2, WS2) and compare with MoS2.

  • Investigate other small molecule photoredox reactions (e.g. H2O or H2S reduction.


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