Photocatalytic removal of organic micro-pollutants from the aqueous phase using TiO2 coupled with graphene as a photocatalyst (PhotoGraph)
Photocatalytic removal of organic micro-pollutants from the aqueous phase using TiO2 coupled with graphene as a photocatalyst (PhotoGraph)

Program At A Glance

  Funding Agencies PhotoGraph is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (DESMI 2009-2010)
  Program Period 2012-2014
  Total Budget 170,062€
  NIREAS Contact Dr. D. Fatta Kassinos
  Project Acronym PhotoGraph
  Dedicated Webpage

www.PhotoGraphProject.com

 

Project Code

ΑΕΙΦΟΡΙΑ/ΦΥΣΗ/0311(ΒΙΕ)/33
  Host Organization Nireas – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus
  Partners Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete
S.K. Euromarket Ltd
 

Program Overview

The aim of the present project entitled “Photocatalytic removal of organic micro-pollutants from the aqueous phase using TiO2 coupled with graphene as a photocatalyst (PhotoGraph)” is to develop simple and efficient methods for synthesizing TiO2 catalysts coupled with graphene, and to study their photocatalytic performance under solar radiation for the degradation of various emerging organic pollutants. Graphene has been chosen because it is a new interesting material with exceptional and outdating properties, which was isolated for the first time in 2004.

 

The main objectives of the project are the following:

  • Synthesize innovative, cheap and non-hazardous materials (TiO2-graphene composite photocatalysts) that can be employed to establish a sustainable water and wastewater treatment method, based on solar driven heterogeneous TiO2 photocatalysis for the degradation of emerging organic pollutants (such as pharmaceuticals), thus reducing the energy fingerprint of the Euro-Mediterranean basin.
  • Bridge the gap between laboratory scale research and technical scale application demonstrating the proposed method of solar photocatalysis in a pilot unit.