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Fundamental heterogeneous photocatalysis

Aim is to:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the effect of ions in photocatalytic applications, such as water splitting or water treatment (collaboration with Dr. I. Siretanu and Prof. F. Muggle, Physics of Complex Fluids -  University of Twente)
  •  Understand deactivation processes and particularly the dynamic nature of co-catalysts widely used in photocatalysis to promote charge separation and electrochemical surface reactions
  • Study the role of dopants/defects in perovskite materials, particularly SrTiO3
  • Determine degradation pathways and intermediates with focus on halogenated organic compounds in light-driven water treatment processes


  • Box reactor for degradation studies using 375 nm illumination (up to 8 reactors in parallel)
  • Water splitting reactor with online gas detection (µ-GC with PDD detector) and solar simulator
  • Quantum Efficiency and IPCE Measurement Kit (Newport Instruments)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (equipment Physics of Complex Fluids group -  University of Twente) 

Recent publications:

  • Guo, Y., Siretanu, I., Zhang, Y., Mei, B., Li, X., Mugele, F., ... Mul, G. (2018). PH-Dependence in facet-selective photo-deposition of metals and metal oxides on semiconductor particles. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(17), 7500-7508. DOI: 10.1039/c8ta00781k
  • Han, K., Lin, Y. C., Yang, C. M., Jong, R., Mul, G., & Mei, B. (2017). Promoting Photocatalytic Overall Water Splitting by Controlled Magnesium Incorporation in SrTiO3 Photocatalysts. ChemSusChem, 10(22), 4510-4516. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201701794
  • Han, K., Kreuger, T., Mei, B., & Mul, G. (2017). Transient Behavior of Ni@NiOx Functionalized SrTiO3 in Overall Water Splitting. ACS catalysis, 7(3), 1610-1614. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b03662


dr. B.T. Mei (Bastian)
Assistant Professor

Water treatment

Photocatalytic water splitting

K. Han (Kai)
PhD Candidate