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Tuesday, April 24 • 8:20am - 8:40am
Photodegradation Of Trichloroethylene In The Presence Of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

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With the increased presence of common industrial waste solvents in the nation’s water supply, it has become imperative to employ affordable and commercially-practical water purification methods. One such method involves the use of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs), which offer new options for water filtration due to their nanoscale size and corresponding large overall surface area. TiO2 is widely available, and non-toxic, making it an attractive option for removal of organic contaminants from water. These NPs exhibit photocatalytic characteristics in the presence of the organic contaminants and ultraviolet light, while remaining inert in the absence of UV light. In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 NPs as a base material for the photodegradation of the common industrial contaminant trichloroethylene (TCE) is explored. Preliminary data suggest that TiO2 is an effective medium for the removal of TCE from aqueous solutions.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 8:20am - 8:40am
202 Zeis Hall

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