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Analysis of photocatalytic degradation of polyamide microplastics in metal salt solution by high resolution mass spectrometry


Wangyang Lu , Yunjin Zhong , Lebing Zhuo

DOI:10.1016/j.jes.2023.06.018

Received March 03, 2023,Revised , Accepted June 12, 2023, Available online June 22, 2023

Volume 36,2024,Pages 473-482

Microplastic pollution has become one of the most concerned focuses in the world. Among many treatment methods, photocatalysis is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly methods. In this work, the photodegradation behavior of polyamide microplastics is studied by using polyamide 6 PA6) as model microplastics and FeCl3 as catalyst. It is hoped that the PA6 fiber can be effectively degraded by utilizing the strong oxidizing active species that can be produced after FeCl3 is irradiated in water. The results shows that PA6 fiber can be almost completely degraded after 10 days of irradiation in FeCl3 aqueous solution, indicating that it is promising to use this new method to solve the problem of PA6 type microplastics. In addition, the chain scission mechanism and degradation process of PA6 are analyzed in detail by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS), which provides a new insight for the study of polymer degradation mechanism.

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