The following research proposal of Dr. Stavros Poulopoulos, Associate Professor at the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, in the context of DCRGP 2020-2022 has been officially accepted by NU Managing Council:CoPhoTEP: Cost-Effective Photocatalysts for the Treatment of Wastewaters containing Emerging Pollutants
Dr. Inglezakis is participating as co-PI. Internationally established scientists will support the action, namely Dr. E. Chatzisymeon (h-index 20) from University of Edinburgh, Dr. D. Mantzavinos (h-index 65) from University of Patras, and Dr. D. Dionysiou (h-index 98) from the University of Cincinnati. A short description of the proposal is following:
“The proposed project aims at developing cost-effective and highly active photocatalysts for the elimination of emerging pollutants in water and wastewaters and at providing a novel process to existing wastewater treatment facilities in Kazakhstan. The focus will be on compounds of emerging concern like pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors, as these compounds have been receiving increasing attention since they are potential bioactive chemicals in the environment, yet they still remain unregulated. At the same time, the treatment of municipal wastewaters is also deficient in Kazakhstan and environmental awareness is low although water resources and water treatment constitute a top priority target for the development strategy of the country. So, it will be also attempted to provide a photocatalytic process for complex wastewaters generated in the industry or urban centers of Kazakhstan
Photocatalysis is suitable as a complementary process for deep purification of water and wastewaters, since it is economically viable for the concentrations with which emerging pollutants are present in water effluents, especially if visible light sensitized catalysts are employed.
In the proposed approach, two directions are initially planned to be followed for the development of photocatalytic materials: a) preparation of zeolite/doped or undoped TiO2/iron for the treatment of complex wastewaters under UV/VIS light, b) preparation of novel photocatalysts like TiO2 suitably modified by addition of metals or modified so that visible light could be used as irradiation source to eliminate emerging pollutants in water.”
The proposal will be funded with $150,000 for the period 1/1/20 – 31/12/22.