Rapid photocatalytic degradation of phenol from water using composite nanofibers under UV

Alaa Mohamed, Samy Yousef, Walaa S. Nasser, T. A. Osman, Alexander Knebel, Elvia P.Valadez Sánchez, Tawheed Hashem

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Background: The removal of phenol from aqueous solution via photocatalytic degradation has been recognized as an environmentally friendly technique for generating clean water. The composite nanofibers containing PAN polymer, CNT, and TiO2 NPs were successfully prepared via electrospinning method. The prepared photocatalyst is characterized by SEM, XRD, and Raman spectroscopy. Different parameters are studied such as catalyst amount, the effect of pH, phenol concentration, photodegradation mechanism, flow rate, and stability of the composite nanofiber to evaluate the highest efficiency of the photocatalyst. Results: The composite nanofibers showed the highest photodegradation performance for the removal of phenol using UV light within 7 min. The pH has a major effect on the photodegradation of phenol with its maximum performance being at pH 5. Conclusions: Given the stability and flexibility of the composite nanofibers, their use in a dynamic filtration is possible and can be even reused after several cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160
JournalEnvironmental Sciences Europe
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Composite nanofibers
  • Electrospinning
  • Phenol
  • Photodegradation
  • UV light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution

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