Synergetic effect in water treatment with mesoporous TiO2/BDD hybrid electrode†
Boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes have a wide potential window and can produce ozone by water electrolysis at high voltage. Though ozone has strong oxidative power (standard oxidation potential: 2.07 V vs. NHE), it cannot decompose certain types of recalcitrant organic matter completely. We developed an advanced oxidation process (AOP), in which hydroxy radicals with stronger oxidative power (standard oxidation potential: 2.85 V vs. NHE) are formed using a combination of ozone, photocatalyst, and UV. In this study, we fabricated a mesoporous TiO2/BDD hybrid electrode and examined its potential for AOPs. A synergetic effect between electrochemical water treatment and photocatalytic water treatment was observed with the hybrid electrode that did not occur with the BDD electrode.