Photoassisted Heterogeneous Catalysis: Definition and Hydrocarbon and Chlorocarbon Oxidations

  1. David R. Schryer
  1. David F. Ollis and
  2. Ann Lorette Pruden

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM026p0136

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry

How to Cite

Ollis, D. F. and Pruden, A. L. (1982) Photoassisted Heterogeneous Catalysis: Definition and Hydrocarbon and Chlorocarbon Oxidations, in Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry (ed D. R. Schryer), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM026p0136

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis, California 95616

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1982

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900513

Online ISBN: 9781118663813



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The existence of heterogeneous photoassisted catalysis is defined by a simple criterion: the demonstrated formation of more than 100 monolayer equivalents of product. The kinetics and possible mechanism for the TiO2-photocatalyzed selective partial oxidation of alkanes to oxygenates (aldehydes and ketones) are reviewed, and data establishing the photocatalyzed mineralization of the chloromethane CHCl3 (chloroform) and the chloroethylene Cl2C = CClH (trichloroethylene) are presented. A brief final discussion concerns the possible formation of photocatalytically active solid phases in fly ash, and the relevance of these hydrocarbon and halocarbon conversions and other photocatalyzed conversions to atmospheric chemistry.