The chemical industry of the forthcoming years will be shaped by a number of emerging global megatrends strictly related to the demand of innovative materials able to solve new needs in different fields. Among them, environmental deterioration and the scarcity of freshwater have become imperative global issues to be solved nowadays. About 2.4 billion people are exposed to diseases caused by inadequate water sanitation. Additionally, a variety of organic and inorganic compounds, which arise either from anthropic activities or naturally, also contaminates drinking water lowering its quality. In the last three decades, many efforts have been addressed to develop photoactive materials which could be suitable for real-world use in the field of water remediation. In this regard, water-floating photocatalysts could represent good alternatives to traditional materials thanks to their characteristics in terms of efficiency and reasonability including high oxygenation of the photocatalyst surface, fully solar irradiation, easy recovery and reuse Thanks to its high photocatalytic activity and good stability TiO2 has been proved to be an excellent photocatalyst. However, because of its wide bandgap (3.2 eV) its efficiency under solar light is dramatically limited. Hence, much effort has been devoted to improving the utilization of solar light by extending the photoresponse of TiO2 to the visible region. In this regard, conducting polymers (CPs), such as polyaniline (PANI) and polypyrrole (PPy), represent promising sensitizers to extend the spectral response of TiO2 to visible light. On the basis of our experience in the field of CPs preparation by innovative green approaches and in the advanced oxidation technologies, in the present talk, very recent results will be exposed on the use of CPs-modified TiO2 3D materials floating on the water surface and fully exploiting solar irradiation. In these very preliminary tests, the degradation of two classes of pollutants has been investigated and the best materials were subjected to recycle tests in order to demonstrate their stability under the reaction conditions.

Floating photocatalysts for a sustainable environmental remediation exploiting sunlight / C.L. Bianchi, E. Falletta, A. Bruni, M. Sartirana, M. Gar Alalm, N. Davari, D.C. Boffito. ((Intervento presentato al convegno ICHSM : Virtual International Conference on Hierarchically Structured Materials tenutosi a online nel 2021.

Floating photocatalysts for a sustainable environmental remediation exploiting sunlight

C.L. Bianchi
Primo
Data Curation
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E. Falletta
Secondo
Formal Analysis
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A. Bruni
Investigation
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M. Sartirana
Formal Analysis
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2021

Abstract

The chemical industry of the forthcoming years will be shaped by a number of emerging global megatrends strictly related to the demand of innovative materials able to solve new needs in different fields. Among them, environmental deterioration and the scarcity of freshwater have become imperative global issues to be solved nowadays. About 2.4 billion people are exposed to diseases caused by inadequate water sanitation. Additionally, a variety of organic and inorganic compounds, which arise either from anthropic activities or naturally, also contaminates drinking water lowering its quality. In the last three decades, many efforts have been addressed to develop photoactive materials which could be suitable for real-world use in the field of water remediation. In this regard, water-floating photocatalysts could represent good alternatives to traditional materials thanks to their characteristics in terms of efficiency and reasonability including high oxygenation of the photocatalyst surface, fully solar irradiation, easy recovery and reuse Thanks to its high photocatalytic activity and good stability TiO2 has been proved to be an excellent photocatalyst. However, because of its wide bandgap (3.2 eV) its efficiency under solar light is dramatically limited. Hence, much effort has been devoted to improving the utilization of solar light by extending the photoresponse of TiO2 to the visible region. In this regard, conducting polymers (CPs), such as polyaniline (PANI) and polypyrrole (PPy), represent promising sensitizers to extend the spectral response of TiO2 to visible light. On the basis of our experience in the field of CPs preparation by innovative green approaches and in the advanced oxidation technologies, in the present talk, very recent results will be exposed on the use of CPs-modified TiO2 3D materials floating on the water surface and fully exploiting solar irradiation. In these very preliminary tests, the degradation of two classes of pollutants has been investigated and the best materials were subjected to recycle tests in order to demonstrate their stability under the reaction conditions.
floating materials; water remediation; sunfloat; photocatalysis
Settore CHIM/04 - Chimica Industriale
CENTRO INTERDIPARTIMENTALE GRANDI APPARECCHIATURE CIGA
Floating photocatalysts for a sustainable environmental remediation exploiting sunlight / C.L. Bianchi, E. Falletta, A. Bruni, M. Sartirana, M. Gar Alalm, N. Davari, D.C. Boffito. ((Intervento presentato al convegno ICHSM : Virtual International Conference on Hierarchically Structured Materials tenutosi a online nel 2021.
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