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Water Detoxification Using Innovative vi-Nanocatalysts

Water Detoxification Using Innovative vi-Nanocatalysts

Objective

The concept of the project is based on the development of innovative nanostructured UV-Visible photocatalysts for water treatment and detoxification by using doped TiO2 nanomaterials with visible light response. The project aims at an efficient and viable water detoxification technology exploiting solar energy and recent advances in nano-engineered titania photocatalysts and nanofiltration membranes for the destruction of extremely hazardous compounds in water. To this aim, the UV-vis responding titania nanostructured photocatalysts will be stabilized on nanotubular membranes of controlled pore size and retention efficiency as well as on carbon nanotubes exploiting their high surface area and unique electron transport properties to achieve photocatalytically active nanofiltration membranes. This will be the crucial component for the fabrication of innovative continuous flow photocatalytic-disinfection-membrane reactors for the implementation of a sustainable and cost effective water treatment technology based on nanoengineered materials. Comparative evaluation of the UV-visible and solar light efficiency of the modified titania photocatalysts for water detoxification will be performed on specific target pollutants focused mainly on cyanobacterial toxin MC-LR and endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC) in water supplies as well as classical water pollutants such us phenols, pesticides and azo-dyes. Particular efforts will be devoted on the analysis and quantification of degradation products. The final goal is the scale up of the photocatalytic reactor technology and its application in lakes, tanks and continuous flow systems for public water distribution.

Coordinator

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Address

End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 575 090

Administrative Contact

Marina Fontara (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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OSMO SISTEMI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 197 700

Innovative Research & Technology ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 149 600

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 302 280

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 254 856

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 225 698

University of Cincinnati

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 227017

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2009

  • End date

    31 May 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 364 800,67

  • EU contribution

    € 1 705 224

Coordinated by:

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

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