Designing Novel Photocatalysts for Disinfection of Multidrug-Resistant Waterborne Bacteria

  • Sourav Das
  • Ananyo Jyoti Misra
  • A. P. Habeeb Rahman
  • Aradhana Basu
  • Amrita Mishra
  • Ashok J. Tamhankar
  • Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
  • Suraj K. TripathyEmail author
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


Water is the main source of sustaining life. It is an indispensable need for flora and fauna alike. However, water is often contaminated by multidrug-resistant bacteria and various other contaminants. Disinfection methods like ozonation and chlorination fail to curtail these menace, often generating harmful by-products in this process. Photocatalysis, a subsidiary of advanced oxidation processes might have an important role to play in water decontamination. They are effective, do not generate by-products, and provide complete inactivation against these MDR strains and pollutants. The already existing photocatalysts like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are being depleted to their core. So, newer and novel photocatalysts need to be developed with a more proficient, eco-friendly and biocompatible approach. This discussion aims to have a closer look at the existing disinfection techniques and the emerging players in the field of photocatalysis.


Multidrug-resistant bacteria Photocatalysis Core-shell nanocomposites Graphene oxide Graphitic carbon nitride 



Photocatalytic Disinfection






Antibiotic-resistance genes


Graphene Oxide


Solar Disinfection


Light Emitting Diode


Deoxyribonucleic Acid


Reactive Oxygen Species


Valence Bond


Conduction Band


Ribonucleic Acid


Ultra Violet


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sourav Das
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ananyo Jyoti Misra
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. P. Habeeb Rahman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Aradhana Basu
    • 2
  • Amrita Mishra
    • 2
  • Ashok J. Tamhankar
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
    • 3
  • Suraj K. Tripathy
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemical TechnologyKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)BhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.School of BiotechnologyKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)BhubaneswarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Public Health SciencesKarolinska InstituteStockholmSweden

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