Preparation of immobilized Cu2O using microwave irradiation and its catalytic activity for bisphenol A: comparisons of Cu2O/H2O2 and visible-light/Cu2O/H2O2 systems

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This study produced immobilized Cu2O via microwave irradiation. The surface properties of Cu2O were assessed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV–vis spectroscopy. The catalytic activity of the generated Cu2O was examined for bisphenol (BPA) degradation in Cu2O/H2O2 and visible-light/Cu2O/H2O2 systems under various H2O2 concentrations. Cu2O can decompose H2O2 to generate radicals, similar to the Fenton-like process. The BPA degradation rate followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. The optimal H2O2 concentration was 30 mM and the BPA degradation rate under 30 mM H2O2 in the Cu2O/H2O2 and visible-light/Cu2O/H2O2 systems was 1.43 and 2.69 h−1, respectively. The original Cu2O partly oxidized into CuO in the visible-light/Cu2O/H2O2 system and the BPA degradation percentage declined to 51% from 100% after the fifth cycle.

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