Development of innovative technologies for treatment of perfluorinated pollutants in water

Development of innovative technologies for treatment of perfluorinated pollutants in water

Image of the new photocatalyzer material consisting of graphene sheet decorated with metallic oxide nanoparticles obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM)

The objective is to develop an advanced photocatalytic system for the elimination of emerging pollutants in waste water, based on graphene nanocomposites.

Graphene is being considered as “the material” of the XXI century due to its amazing properties. It is a single atom thick bi-dimensional layer of carbon atoms.  Its exceptional mechanical (Young module of 1TPa), electrical (electron mobility of 250.000cm2/Vs) and thermal (thermal conductivity of 5.000Wm-1K-1) properties make graphene a unique material. This material can be of great use for many applications including sensors, photodetectors, light emitting devices, transparent conductors, composites, solar cells, touch screens, catalysts or optoelectronic applications.

This project (Ref: CTM2013-44081-R) is being developed in collaboration with the Chemistry and Biomolecular Departament of University of Cantabria, and it is co-funded by The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness(MINECO), in the Retos I+D 2013 call.