Combined membrane photocatalytic ozonation and wet absorption of elemental mercury

Membrane photocatalytic ozonization coupled with wet absorption offers potential for elemental mercury (Hg0 ) removal. This study reports on a novel FeeTiO2-coated polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) wet photocatalytic membrane reactor (WPCMR) for mercury removal in flue gas. Hg0 removal efficiency in the WPCMR reached up to 93.3%. Ozone could enhance mercury oxidation in WPCMR. Wet absorption helps to increases mercury removal efficiency. FeeTiO2 catalyst was synthesized by sol-gel method and characterized by XRD, FTIR, UVeVis, XPS and SEM. XPS analysis confirmed Hg0 oxidation to divalent mercury (Hg (II)). Elemental mercury was oxidized to mercuric oxide followed by wet absorption in the presence of OH free radical and ozone. Wet photocatalytic membrane reactor and photocatalytic membrane reactor (PCMR) of elemental mercury reaction with the FeeTiO2/PVDF catalyst all follow Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics.


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