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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 1545-1554, 2010
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15 Feb 2010
Heterogeneous ozonation kinetics of 4-phenoxyphenol in the presence of photosensitizer
S. Net, L. Nieto-Gligorovski, S. Gligorovski, and H. Wortham Universités d'Aix-Marseille I, II, III – CNRS UMR 6264: Laboratoire Chimie Provence Equipe Instrumentation et Réactivité Atmosphérique Case courrier 29, 3 place Victor Hugo, 13331 Marseille Cedex 03, France
Abstract. In this work we have quantitatively measured the degradation of 4-phenoxyphenol adsorbed on silica particles following oxidative processing by gas-phase ozone. This was performed under dark conditions and in the presence of 4-carboxybenzophenone under simulated sunlight irradiation of the particles surface.

At the mixing ratio of 60 ppb which corresponds to strongly polluted ozone areas, the first order of decay of 4-phenoxyphenol is k1=9.95×10−6 s−1. At a very high ozone mixing ratio of 6 ppm the first order rate constants for 4-phenoxyphenol degradation were the following: k1=2.86×10−5 s−1 under dark conditions and k1=5.58×10−5 s−1 in the presence of photosensitizer (4-carboxybenzophenone) under light illumination of the particles surface. In both cases, the experimental data follow the modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood equation for surface reactions. The Langmuir-Hinshelwood and Langmuir-Rideal mechanisms for bimolecular surface reactions are also discussed along with the experimental results.

Most importantly, the quantities of the oligomers such as 2-(4-Phenoxyphenoxy)-4-phenoxyphenol and 4-[4-(4-Phenoxyphenoxy)phenoxy]phenol formed during the heterogeneous ozonolysis of adsorbed 4-phenoxyphenol were much higher under solar light irradiation of the surface in comparison to the dark conditions.

Citation: Net, S., Nieto-Gligorovski, L., Gligorovski, S., and Wortham, H.: Heterogeneous ozonation kinetics of 4-phenoxyphenol in the presence of photosensitizer, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 1545-1554,, 2010.
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