Su-Wen Cheng1, Yu-Hua Li2, Chung-Shin Yuan 1, Pei-Yi Tsai1, Hua-Zhen Shen3, Chung-Hsuang Hung4

Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan
School of Resources and Environmental Science, Hubei University, Wuhan 430068, China
College of Chemical Engineering, HuaQiao University, Xiamen 361021, China
Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung 81164, Taiwan

Received: May 3, 2018
Revised: June 18, 2018
Accepted: June 24, 2018
Download Citation: ||  

  • Download: PDF

Cite this article:
Cheng, S.W., Li, Y.H., Yuan, C.S., Tsai, P.Y., Shen, H.Z. and Hung, C.H. (2018). An Innovative Advanced Oxidation Technology for Effective Decomposition of Formaldehyde by Combining Iron Modified Nano-TiO2 (Fe/TiO2) Photocatalytic Degradation with Ozone Oxidation. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 18: 3220-3233.


  • Combine photocatalytic and ozonolytic technology effectively degrade indoor HCHO.
  • A novel nano-sized Fe/TiO2 photocatalysts was prepared and chemically characterized.
  • Optimal UV/TiO2 + O3 was operated at 0.15 ppm HCHO, 5% RH, 3.0 ppm O3, and 5%Fe/TiO2.


Bench-scale experiments using iron modified and unmodified photocatalysts (Fe/TiO2 and TiO2) were conducted to compare their decomposition efficiencies with formaldehyde. The effects of operating parameters on the decomposition efficiency were further investigated. The grain size of iron doped photocatalysts ranged from 25 to 60 nm. The iron doped content of 1, 3, and 5% Fe/TiO2 photocatalysts was measured as 1.2, 3.1, and 4.7%, respectively. The UV-visible analytical results showed that a significant red shift was observed while the iron doping content of Fe/TiO2 increased from 0 to 5%. Two continuous-flow reaction systems, the ozonolytic and the photocatalytic reactors, were combined in series to investigate their capability to decompose formaldehyde by Fe/TiO2 photocatalysts with six operating parameters, namely, the influent formaldehyde concentrations (0.15, 0.30, and 0.45 ppm), the relative humidity (5, 35, and 55%), irradiation by light (visible, near-UV, and UV), the reaction temperatures (25, 30, and 35°C), the iron doping content (1, 3, and 5% Fe/TiO2), and the injected-ozone concentrations (2,000 and 3,000 ppb). The optimal operating parameters obtained in this study were an influent formaldehyde concentration of 0.15 ppm, a relative humidity of 5%, irradiation by UV light, a reaction temperature of 35°C, an iron doping content of 5% Fe/TiO2, and an injected-ozone concentration of 3,000 ppb. Overall, the efficiencies of different decomposition techniques for formaldehyde followed the sequence: UV/TiO2 + O3 > O3 + UV/TiO2 > UV/O3 ≈ O3. A maximum formaldehyde decomposition efficiency of 92% was obtained by using the UV/TiO2 + O3 technology.

Keywords: Indoor formaldehyde; Fe/TiO2 photocatalyst; Ozonolysis; Decomposition efficiency of formaldehyde; Operating parameters.


Share this article with your colleagues 


Subscribe to our Newsletter 

Aerosol and Air Quality Research has published over 2,000 peer-reviewed articles. Enter your email address to receive latest updates and research articles to your inbox every second week.

77st percentile
Powered by
   SCImago Journal & Country Rank

2022 Impact Factor: 4.0
5-Year Impact Factor: 3.4

Call for Papers for the special issue on: "Carbonaceous Aerosols in the Atmosphere"

Aerosol and Air Quality Research partners with Publons

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit
CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit

Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR) is an independently-run non-profit journal that promotes submissions of high-quality research and strives to be one of the leading aerosol and air quality open-access journals in the world. We use cookies on this website to personalize content to improve your user experience and analyze our traffic. By using this site you agree to its use of cookies.