Research

Photocatalytic water cleaning technologies

Water is one the most important resources, and reuse and recycling of domestic water is necessary in regions of scarcity and contamination. The project is targeting photocatalytic strategies for cleaning water, this approach has numerous advantages such:

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Complete mineralization;

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No waste disposal problem;

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Mild temperature and pressure conditions;

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Low cost.

Therefore, photocatalytic routes are promising to remove organics from contaminated water by oxidation reactions. However, photocatalytic water purification currently suffers from low photon efficiency, lack of understanding of surface chemical transformations and sub-optimal catalyst surface properties, as well as inefficient photoreactors. These are some of the challenge to overcome in this project.

This is a joint project with the CPM and SFI groups and is included in the program of Clean Water of NanoNextNL.