Water is the resource for all the life however, water pollution and scarcity is expected to increase in the future significantly. Besides agriculture and domestic usage industry is a big water consumer. The reuse of industrial wastewater is therefore important for sustainable processes. In order to achieve this the polluted water, which often contains organic compounds and has usually a high salinity, has to be treated. Here (photo-) electrocatalytic methods are promising as efficient technologies to degrade even recalcitrant organics and might be an alternative or superior to conventional treatment strategies.
My topic is the development of (photo-) electrodes for that purpose with a focus on the effect of the salinity. The project is part of a consortium of industry partners, institutes and other universities which aim is the investigation and development of a sustainable water usage, treatment and management for the future.