A Comparison of Efficiency of Decolorizing Rhodamine B using Lab-Scale Photocatalytic Reactors : Slurry Reactor, IWCR and PFBR

  • Na, Young-Soo (Department of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lee, Tae-Kyung (Department of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lee, Song-Woo (Department of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lee, Chang-Han (Department of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Kim, Do-Han (Department of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Park, Young-Seek (Seobong Recycling Co, Ltd.) ;
  • Song, Seung-Koo (Department of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University)
  • Published : 2001.12.01


The performance of fluidized-bed reactor with Photomedia, immobilized TiO$_2$ onto the porous ceramic ball using a sol-gel method has been studied in this work. A simple model substrate, dilute Rhodamine B (RhB), was decolorized at room temperature. For the purpose of comparison, the slurry reactor and the Inner Wall Coated Reactor (IWCR) were used. The aim of this work was to develop the photocatalytic fluidized bed reactor (PFBR) through contrasting the photodegradability of various reactors such as the TiO$_2$slurry reactor, the inner-wall coated reactor (IWCR). In this study, the RhB was decolorized in three types of reactor. Even though the reaction rate constant of PFBR was lower than that of slurry reactor, PFBR had the advantages of preventing the wash-out of photocatalyst, so it can be operated continuously.



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