Ingeniería Electroquímica y Corrosión (IEC), Instituto Universitario de Seguridad Industrial, Radiofísica y Medioambiental (ISIRYM), Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain. Electronic address: [Email]
A photoelectrocatalyst consisting of WO3 nanosheets or nanorods has been synthesized by electrochemical anodization under hydrodynamic conditions, and has been used for the degradation of two toxic pesticides: chlorfenvinphos and bromacil. Nanostructures have been characterized by FESEM and Raman spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical degradation tests have been carried out both for individual pesticide solutions and for a mixture solution, and the concentration evolution with time has been followed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry. For individual pesticides, pseudo-first order kinetic coefficients of 0.402h-1 and 0.324h-1 have been obtained for chlorfenvinphos and bromacil, respectively, while for the mixture solution, these kinetic coefficients have been 0.162h-1 and 0.408h-1. The change in behavior towards pesticide degradation depending on whether individual or mixture solutions were used might be indicative of a competitive process between the two pesticide molecules when interacting with the WO3 nanostructures surface or when approaching the semiconductor/electrolyte interface.