Metal Oxide Nanofibrous Materials for Photodegradation of Environmental Toxins

Huge amounts of environmental toxins, such as toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic organic dyes, bio-pharmaceuticals, and chemical warfare agents (CWAs), bio-accumulate causing chronic and aesthetic pollution to the surrounding environments. Nanotechnology can provide novel systems for rapid decontamination and protection from environmental toxins through a self-cleaning mechanism. The basic principle of this self-cleaning system is the application of photocatalysis.

Advantages:

  • High specific surface area to volume ratio.
  • Ease of fabrication and functionalization. V
  • Versatility in controlling the fiber diameter, morphology, and reactivity.

     

Binghamton University RB472

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