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Wednesday, April 26 • 8:30am - 10:00am
PHOTODEGRADATION OF TRICHLOROETHYLENE IN THE PRESENCE OF TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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With the increase in presence of common industrial waste solvents in the nation’s water supply, it has become increasingly necessary to find affordable and viable means of water purification that are commercially viable. Nanoparticles (NPs) with their size and resultant large surface area offer new pathways to such successful purification. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), as a widely available, non-toxic material, is optimal for use as a filtration medium. The photocatalytic properties of these NPs are of particular interest in the filtration of contaminants due to their photocatalytic characteristics in the presence of the organic contaminants and ultraviolet light. In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 NPs as a medium for the photodegradation of 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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Wednesday April 26, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center