Solar photocatalytic asphalt for removal of vehicular NOx : A feasibility study

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Author(s)

  • Wenguang Fan
  • Chengxu Zhang
  • Kai Zhang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-541
Journal / PublicationApplied Energy
Volume225
Online published26 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018

Abstract

Solar radiation can be used to activate photocatalyst for direct functional photocatalytic applications. In the present research, solar photocatalytic asphalt was developed for removal of vehicular nitrogen oxides (NOx) to mitigate the roadside air pollution problem. Visible-light activated photocatalytic asphalt was fabricated by embedding carbon-modified titanium dioxide (C-TiO2) onto asphalt surface under proper heat treatment. Material characterizations were conducted to study the surface and light absorption properties. Chamber tests of NOx removal were conducted under the conditions that simulated the ambient environment under sunlight. The experimental results show that NOx removal by C-TiO2 photocatalytic asphalt is viable, and is better than the more commonly used P25. The parametric analysis also reveals that the material fabrication process can be optimized to make photocatalytic asphalt that is highly effective, durable and cost-effective. Field tests were carried out to reveal the feasibility and evaluate the durability of the photocatalytic coating. This study demonstrates successful use of solar radiation via photocatalysis for functional application that can solve environmental problems.

Research Area(s)

  • Nanostructured carbon modified TiO2, NOx removal, Optimal loading, Photocatalytic asphalt, Solar photocatalysis

Citation Format(s)

Solar photocatalytic asphalt for removal of vehicular NOx: A feasibility study. / Fan, Wenguang; Chan, Ka Yan; Zhang, Chengxu et al.
In: Applied Energy, Vol. 225, 01.09.2018, p. 535-541.

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