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Tunable materials preparation, characterization and investigation of photocatalytic activityof new hibrid material sestigation of photocatalytic activity of new hibrid materials

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01/09/2012 - 31/08/2015
Paola Calza

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This project aims at developing new materials with tunable properties, conjugating good mechanical properties and
photocatalytic activity. New and advanced materials will be synthesized on purpose, characterized and their efficiency
as photocatalysts in abating pollutants such as pesticides and emerging pollutants will be evaluated.
In the first stage, inorganic materials (TiO2, CNTs, graphene oxide) will be prepared and tested both in dispersed phase
or added into a polymeric coating. For such aim, doped semiconductor oxides and carbon nanotubes (alone or combined
with oxides) will be synthesized and tested. We also plan to conduct a detailed study of the charge transfer processes
in the hetero-junctions to evaluate the factors providing the best performance of the hybrid materials. In addition, the
efficiency of surface photochemical processes will be estimated in terms of the quantum yield of surface chemical
In the second stage, preparation and characterization of new UV-cured polymeric materials containing at the same time
CNTs or graphene and semiconductor oxides will be carried out, with the aim of exploring the synergistic/antagonist
effect of the fillers in the photodegradative process followed by pollutants.
For both stages, we plan on investigating the semiconductor properties of the inorganic material and its efficiency in the
abatement of pollutants both when the catalyst is dispersed in water or when the target molecule is adsorbed on a
polymeric film containing the catalyst dispersed into the network. The polymeric films will be employed for the
degradation of pollutants in water or gas phases. In all cases, we will evaluate the initial degradation of the molecule,
identify the transformation products and measure the toxicity of the system.
Five multidisciplinary groups from Italy (University and Politecnico of Torino), Russia (University of Saint Petersburg),
Spain (University of Madrid) and Canada (McGill University) are involved
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