The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 9, pp 1871–1882 | Cite as

New photocatalytic contactors obtained by PECVD deposition of TiO 2 thin layers on the surface of macroporous supports

PECVD TiO2-based membranes as photocatalytic contactors
  • M. Zhou
  • S. RoualdèsEmail author
  • A. Ayral
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Advances in Design and Modeling of Porous Materials


Two different kinds of PECVD anatase-based composite membranes have been successfully prepared by PECVD synthesis (at 150 °C)/post-annealing (at 300 °C) of a titania film deposited on macroporous supports as a top-layer or a skin-coverage. Photocatalytic activity of PECVD anatase films has been proved performing Pilkington test and methylene blue degradation determination in a lab-scale diffusion cell. Measurements of methylene blue degradation and water flow in a pilot-scale dynamic unit have enabled to show the performance of PECVD anatase-based membranes in terms of permeation and photocatalytic properties. Whereas bi-layered membranes present higher photo-degradation ability (up to 2.5 × 10−8 mol s−1 m−2 destroyed methylene blue moles per unit of time and of membrane surface area), skin-covered membranes are characterized by higher water permeance (up to 6800 L h−1 m−2 bar−1). So both kinds of membranes should have an interest as photocatalytic contactors.


Methylene Blue Photocatalytic Activity Methylene Blue European Physical Journal Special Topic Composite Membrane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Européen des Membranes (IEM), University of MontpellierMontpellier Cedex 5France

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