The ultrasonic disinfection of Escherichia coli was carried out in the presence of anatase-type TiO2 particles, and the effectiveness of the combination of ultrasonic irradiation with TiO2 addition was verified. The rate constant was determined from the plot of the common logarithm of the survival cell ratio versus the ultrasonic irradiation time using first-order kinetics. In the absence of particles, the rate constant was proportional to the ultrasonic power. When ultrasonic disinfection was carried out in the presence of TiO2 particles, which have a radical generation ability, the rate of disinfection was remarkably faster than that in the absence of TiO2. In the presence of silica particles, which have no radical generation ability, the rate of disinfection was the same as that in the absence of TiO2. These results suggest that the radical generation ability of TiO2 appeared as a result of the ultrasonic irradiation. The effect of the amount of TiO2 on the rate of disinfection was also examined. The rate constant for disinfection in the presence of TiO2 was saturated to a certain value and was represented using the Langmuir-type equation. The proposed model well describes the effects of the ultrasonic power and the amount of TiO2 on the rate constant for disinfection.
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- Food Science