Degradation of Emerging Contaminants Using Fe-Doped TiO2 Under UV and Visible Radiation

  • Irwing M. Ramírez-Sánchez
  • Oscar D. Máynez-Navarro
  • Erick R. Bandala
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


The occurrence, fate, and potential hazards of emerging contaminants (ECs) in the environment remains fully known, with unknown potential long-term disastrous consequences for both human health and the environment. These contaminants are being disposed to water bodies and soil without any type of regulation and without the possibility of conventional treatment methods nor natural attenuation to achieve their removal. Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs), particularly photocatalytic processes, have demonstrated to be an interesting alternative to degrade ECs in water. Among the materials used for photocatalytic processes, iron-doped TiO2 (Fe-TiO2) is a promising and versatile photocatalyst with significant features for full-scale application. In this work, we reviewed the mechanisms behind the effect of doping with Fe, the latest studies involving Fe-TiO2 as a photocatalyst in the degradation of ECs, the main trends in the field and identification of current knowledge gaps as well as recommendations for further research direction.


Iron doped Photocatalysis Emerging contaminants Visible Solar light 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwing M. Ramírez-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Oscar D. Máynez-Navarro
    • 2
  • Erick R. Bandala
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)CholulaMexico
  3. 3.Desert Research Institute (DRI)Las VegasUSA

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