Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity by para-chlorotoluene photooxidation of tin oxide films deposited on pyrex glass substrates


M. Abdennouri1, 2, A. Galadi1, N. Barka1, M. Baâlala2,

K. Nohair 2, M. Elkrati2, M. Sadiq2, M. Bensitel2*

1 Research, Analysis and Environment Control Team (RAECT), Instrumental Techniques & Quality Control Department, Graduate School of Technology EST Safi, Cadi Ayyad University, B.P 89 46000 Safi, Morocco

2 Laboratory of Catalysis and Corrosion of Materials, Faculty of sciences Chouaib Doukkali University,

B.P.20, 24000 El Jadida, Morocco

* Corresponding author. E-mail:

Received: 14 October 2009; revised version accepted: 28 April 2010



     In the present study, tin oxide thin film was prepared by a simple and inexpensive chemical evaporation technique from an aqueous solution at 673 K. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray fluorescence were employed to characterize the resulting catalyst. The photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared catalyst was evaluated using para-chlorotoluene photodegradation in water, as an organic compound model. The reaction products are para-chlorobenzaldehyde and para-chlorobenzyl chloride. The formed products during the photoxidation of para-chlorotoluene are identified by coupled gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.


Keywords: Tin oxide films; XRD; SEM-EDX, XRF; Para-chlorotoluene; Photoxidation; GC-MS

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