Photolytic reaction mechanism and impacts of coexisting substances on photodegradation of bisphenol A by Bi2WO6 in water.Water Res. 2012 Mar 01; 46(3):845-53.WR
Bi(2)WO(6) displayed great photolytic degradation efficiency to bisphenol A (BPA) under simulated solar light irradiation but its reaction mechanism and the impacts of coexisting substances on the degradation remain unclear. In present study, the reaction mechanism was investigated using DMPO spin-trapping ESR spectra and experiments with scavengers of hydroxyl radicals (*OH) and holes. The results supported that hole oxidation mainly governed the photodegradation process. As a common humic substance in natural water, humic acid accelerated the degradation of BPA when its concentration was 1mg/L, while the photodegradation was impeded with the increase of humic acid concentration in the range of 5-20mg/L. Almost all anions, including NO(3)(-), HCO(3)(-), Cl(-), SO(4)(2-) inhibited the degradation of BPA by Bi(2)WO(6) and their inhibition effects followed the order of SO(4)(2-)>Cl(-)>HCO(3)(-)>NO(3)(-). Cations of Na(+), K(+), Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) displayed slight suppressing effect on BPA degradation mainly due to the impact of Cl(-) coexisting in the solution. However, Cu(2+) hindered the BPA photodegradation heavily. Fe(3+) and H(2)O(2) affected the photodegradation in a complicated way: they suppressed or promoted the photodegradation depending on their concentrations. This could be the result of competition between photolyitc hole generated by Bi(2)WO(6) and OH produced by Fe(3+) or H(2)O(2.).