Enhanced sonocatalytic treatment of ibuprofen by mechanical mixing and reusable magnetic core titanium dioxide

Kyounglim Kang, Min Jang, Mingcan Cui, Pengpeng Qiu, Seungmin Na, Younggu Son, Jeehyeong Khim

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As a reusable sonocatalyst, magnetically separable titanium dioxide (MST) was synthesized by a sol-gel method and was evaluated in the removal of ibuprofen (IBP). MST was carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), N2 gas isotherms, band-gap energy, magnetization, zeta potential, and particle size distribution. The kinetics of IBP removal by sonolysis or MST-assisted sonocatalysis was systematically evaluated with various operational parameters such as pH, temperature, ultrasound (US) frequency, and mechanical mixing intensity. For the first time, authors found that mechanical mixing had an opposite effect on the oxidation rate constants of IBP removal by sonolysis or sonocatalysis according to US frequency. Specifically, the magnitude orders of oxidation rate constants in sonolysis and sonocatalysis with mixing (350rpm) were the same (35>1000>300>500>700kHz), but sonolysis without mixing showed the following order: 500>1000>35kHz. In addition, the removal rate constant of IBP by sonocatalysis at the lowest US frequency (35kHz) increased exponentially as the mechanical mixing speed increased. MSM exhibited a high reusability because it has similar rate constants with an average value of 17±0.3×10-3min-1 five repetitive kinetic tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-530
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 5

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( KRF-2009-0092799 ) and supported by an NRF grant ( 2013R1A1A2006586 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier B.V.


  • Ibuprofen
  • Magnetically separable titanium dioxide
  • Mixing
  • Sonocatalysis
  • Sonolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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