The effects of Cu2+ on the catalytical degradation of acid chrome blue K (ACBK) in UV-TiO2 and H2O2 processes were studied. In these two processes, Cu2+ markedly depressed the catalytical degradation of ACBK by its interaction with ACBK. Through this interaction, the new complex Cu(ACBK)2 formed. The formation of this new complex was favorable to protect some groups in ACBK from the oxidation of reactive oxygen generated in UV-TiO2 and H2O2 processes, and consequently had suppressing effects on degradation of ACBK. In addition, Cu2+ also inhibited the degradation of ACBK in UV-TiO2 process by influencing the adsorption of ACBK on the surface of TiO2 particles.
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