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Applied Physics A

, 124:585 | Cite as

3D structured nanocomposites by FDM process: a novel approach for large-scale photocatalytic applications

  • Z. Viskadourakis
  • M. Sevastaki
  • G. Kenanakis
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Abstract

In this work, we report for the first time the fabrication of nanocomposite polystyrene filaments enriched with ZnO and TiO2 nanoparticles with mass concentrations up to 20%w/w, and the production of 3D photocatalytic structures using a typical FDM-type 3D printer. We provide evidence that the fabricated 3D structures offer promising photocatalytic properties, reaching an efficiency of almost 70% after five cycles of reuse in 20 ppm of Methylene Blue aqueous solution, under UV irradiation. Thus, a novel low-cost alternative route for fabricating large-scale photocatalysts, suitable for practical real-life applications, is proposed.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the European Research Council under ERC Advanced Grant No. 320081 (PHOTOMETA).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Electronic Structure and LaserFoundation for Research and Technology-HellasHeraklionGreece
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece

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