Nanomaterial-enabled photothermal-based solar water disinfection processes : Fundamentals, recent advances, and mechanisms

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Author(s)

  • Zhuoyun Tang
  • Dingren Ma
  • Qi Chen
  • Yongyi Wang
  • Qiyu Lian
  • Po Keung Wong
  • Chun He
  • Dehua Xia
  • Tianqi Wang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number129373
Journal / PublicationJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume437
Online published15 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2022

Abstract

The pathogenic microorganisms in water pose a great threat to human health. Photothermal and photothermocatalytic disinfection using nanomaterials (NPs) has offered a promising and effective strategy to address the challenges in solar water disinfection (SODIS), especially in the point-of-use operations. This review aims at providing comprehensive and state-of-the-art knowledge of photothermal-based disinfection by NPs. The fundamentals and principles of photothermal-based disinfection were first introduced. Then, recent advances in developing photothermal/photothermocatalytic catalysts were systematically summarized. The light-to-heat conversion and disinfection performance of a large variety of photothermal materials were presented. Given the complicated mechanisms of photothermal-based disinfection, the attacks from reactive oxygen species and heat, the destruction of bacterial cells, and the antibacterial effects of released metal ions were highlighted. Finally, future challenges and opportunities associated with the development of cost-effective photothermal/photothermocatalytic disinfection systems were outlined. This review will provide guidance in designing future NPs and inspire more research efforts from environmental nano-communities to move towards practical water disinfection operations.

Research Area(s)

  • Disinfection, Mechanisms, Nanomaterials, Photothermal, Photothermocatalytic

Citation Format(s)

Nanomaterial-enabled photothermal-based solar water disinfection processes : Fundamentals, recent advances, and mechanisms. / Tang, Zhuoyun; Ma, Dingren; Chen, Qi; Wang, Yongyi; Sun, Mingzhe; Lian, Qiyu; Shang, Jin; Wong, Po Keung; He, Chun; Xia, Dehua; Wang, Tianqi.

In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 437, 129373, 05.09.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review