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Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 359-375

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The application of TiO2 photocatalysis for disinfection of water contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms: a review

  • Cathy McCullaghAffiliated withCentre for Research in Energy and the Environment, School of Engineering, The Robert Gordon University
  • , Jeanette M. C. RobertsonAffiliated withCentre for Research in Energy and the Environment, School of Engineering, The Robert Gordon University
  • , Detlef W. BahnemannAffiliated withInstitut für Technische Chemie, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • , Peter K. J. RobertsonAffiliated withCentre for Research in Energy and the Environment, School of Engineering, The Robert Gordon University Email author 

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Abstract

The use of semiconductor photocatalysis for treatment of water and air has been the topic of intense research activity over the past 20 years. This powerful process has also been extended to the disinfection of environments contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms. This review summarizes recent developments concerned with the photocatalytic treatment of water contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms presenting a potential hazard to animals and human beings.

Keywords

Photocatalysis TiO2 micro-organism pathogen disinfection