The Application of Semiconductor Photocatalysis for the Removal of Cyanotoxins from Water and Design Concepts for Solar Photocatalytic Reactors for Large Scale Water Treatment

Detlef W. Bahnemann*, Linda A. Lawton, Peter K J Robertson

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Abstract

There has been a significant increase in the occurrence of cyanobacterial blooms in freshwaters over the past few decades due to escalating nutrient levels. These cyanobacteria release a range of toxins, for example microcystins which are chemically very stable. Many cyanotoxins are consequently very difficult to remove from water using existing treatment technologies. Semiconductor photocatalysis, however, has proven to be a very effective process for the removal of these compounds from water. In this chapter we consider the application of this highly versatile and exciting technology for the decomposition of cyanotoxins. Furthermore design concepts for solar photocatalytic reactors that could be utilized for the removal of these toxins are also considered
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew and Future Developments in Catalysis: Solar Photocatalysis
PublisherElsevier
Pages395-415
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780444538727
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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