In this study, plastic optical fibers (POFs) were considered as light-transmitting media and substrates for the potential use in photocatalytic environmental purification system and the performance of POFs was also compared with that of quartz optical fibers (QOFs). After the characteristic of POFs in terms of light transmittance was determined in the beginning, detailed investigation was further conducted through the photocatalytic degradation of trichloroethylene. It is concluded that the use of POFs is preferred to QOFs since the advantages such as ease of handling, lower cost, relatively reasonable light attenuation at the wavelength of near 400nm can be obtained.
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Authors wish to express their thanks to ENVIO Co. Ltd. and the Ministry of Environment of Korea for the financial support of the work.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films