Removal of VOCs from indoor environment by ozonation over different porous materials

C. W. Kwong, Christopher Y. H. Chao, K. S. Hui, M. P. Wan

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Abstract

Ozonation of toluene over NaX, NaY and MCM-41 adsorbents was studied targeting for indoor air purification. The combined use of ozone and the various micro- or meso-porous adsorbents aimed to take advantage of the strong oxidizing capability of ozone. At the same time the residual ozone would be minimized due to the enhanced catalytic reaction in the porous structure. To lower the residual ozone level is a crucial issue as ozone is itself an indoor pollutant. The Lewis acid sites in the adsorbents were believed to decompose ozone into atomic oxygen, and the subsequent reactions would then convert the adsorbed toluene into CO2 and H2O. In the dry conditions, the MCM-41 required the smallest amount of material to achieve the 90% reduction target, followed by NaY and NaX. In the more humid environment (50% RH), extra amounts of MCM-41 and NaX adsorbents were required to reach the target as compared with the dry conditions. Desorption experiments were also conducted to study the amounts of various major species held in the adsorbents during the catalytic process. A material balance analysis of the major species in both the effluents and the adsorbents showed that within our experimental conditions, about 20-40% of the removed toluene was carried out via catalytic ozonation while adsorption covered the rest. Trace amount of intermediate species such as aldehydes and organic acids were identified in the desorbed gas indicating that they were withheld by the adsorbents during the air purification process and those in the effluent were below detection levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2300-2311
Number of pages12
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume42
Issue number10
Early online date15 Dec 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Adsorbent
  • Ozone
  • Toluene
  • VOC
  • Zeolite

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