Nanostructured materials for the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in water

Luzia M. C. Honorio, Pollyana A. Trigueiro, Bartolomeu C. Viana, Alessandra Braga Ribeiro, Josy A. Osajima*

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The heterogeneous photocatalysis combined with the use of nanostructured materials has proven to be a viable and highly efficient technology in the degradation of numerous organic compounds. This chapter present the fundamental aspects of nanometric semiconductors related to photodegradation and their treatment conditions for effluents contaminated. The role of the predominant species involved in each process has been studied using radical scavengers. In photocatalytic studies, clay minerals have recently been used as supports for the anchoring of semiconductors, developing photocatalysts with appropriate crystalline structure, which are more ecologically compatible and also have a high surface area. Additionally, the operational devices and influence on the degradation effectiveness such as dyes, pesticides and drugs were discussed for environmental treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanostructured materials for treating aquatic pollution
EditorsGil Alberto Batista Gonçalves, Paula Marques
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030337452
ISBN (Print)9783030337445, 9783030337476
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEngineering Materials
ISSN (Print)1612-1317
ISSN (Electronic)1868-1212


  • Clay minerals
  • Oxide
  • Photodegradation
  • Semicondutor


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