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Development of modified TiO2 nanotubes for electrochemical treatment of endocrine disruptors: Bisphenol A and n-propylparaben.

Grant number: 13/08543-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): October 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Sanitary Engineering - Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Principal Investigator:Marcos Roberto de Vasconcelos Lanza
Grantee:Alysson Stefan Martins
Host Institution: Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/08815-9 - Preparation and characterization of nanostructured modified titanates into a TiO2 nanotube array by electrophoretic deposition, BE.EP.DR


With the advent of the industrial revolution in the XVIII century began the greatest technological and scientific development ever seen. All this progress, however, contributes to increase environmental pollution, especially the contamination of water bodies. Currently, among the pollutants found in industrial environment, bisphenol A compounds and n-propyl require attention because they are widely used in the industry of plastics and cosmetics, and have high solubility in water. However, these molecules can adversely interact with the system. These compounds, also known as endocrine disruptors - ED, are a class of substances that cause adverse effects to the endocrine system. The effects include a range of reproductive problems, changes in hormone levels, immune functions and several types of cancer. In this context, many physical and chemical treatments have been proposed to remove these compounds in an aqueous medium. Conventional methods employed, such as adsorption, reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration do not destroy those compounds but merely transfer pollutant from one phase to the other. Thus, alternative methods based on heterogeneous photocatalysis has been shown as an alternative to the existing effluent treatment. In these methods the reactions are triggered using a semiconductor activated by irradiation of sunlight or artificial light which catalyzes reactions. Considering the semiconductors, TiO2 nanotubes have attracted great attention because of their precise structures, controlled walls and pores, improving absorption of radiation. However, the major limitation to their use is the low absorption of visible light (less than 5%), which precludes the use of natural light as a power source for treating pollutants. Accordingly, the addition of dopant materials in TiO2 nanotubes have been used as a strategy for increasing photocatalytic efficiency. Metals can confer differences in bandgap energy level by changing the photoactivity of TiO2 and also the absorption band of radiation. As main effect, photoactivity is increased, which improves the degradation of organic pollutants. Considering these aspects, this project proposes the development of TiO2 nanotubes modified, using the methodology of electrochemical anodization. To evaluate photoactivity increases different doping metals as tungsten, vanadium and manganese are going to be used. This project intends to perform the degradation of endocrine disruptors n-propyl and bisphenol-A through photoelectrocatalysis, obtaining the maximum mineralization and invalidation of biological activity. The degradation processes efficiency will be evaluated by the decay of concentration, formation of inorganic ions, reduction of the total organic carbon content and ecotoxicity. In addition, this project wants to identify possible intermediates formed during the degradation, aiming to establish degradation mechanisms for each of the endocrine disruptors.

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Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MARTINS, ALYSSON STEFAN; MARQUES CORDEIRO-JUNIOR, PAULO JORGE; BESSEGATO, GUILHERME GARCIA; CARNEIRO, JUSSARA FERNANDES; BOLDRIN ZANONI, MARIA VALNICE; DE VASCONCELOS LANZA, MARCOS ROBERTO. Electrodeposition of WO3 on Ti substrate and the influence of interfacial oxide layer generated in situ: A photoelectrocatalytic degradation of propyl paraben. Applied Surface Science, v. 464, p. 664-672, . (14/03679-7, 13/08543-3, 17/13123-4, 17/10118-0)
MARTINS, ALYSSON STEFAN; NUNEZ, LUCIANA; DE VASCONCELOS LANZA, MARCOS ROBERTO. Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance of TiO2 nanotube array modified with WO3 applied to the degradation of the endocrine disruptor propyl paraben. JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, v. 802, p. 33-39, . (14/50945-4, 16/01937-4, 13/08543-3)
MARTINS, ALYSSON STEFAN; MARQUES CORDEIRO-JUNIOR, PAULO JORGE; NUNEZ, LUCIANA; DE VASCONCELOS LANZA, MARCOS ROBERTO. A Simple Method for the Electrodeposition of WO3 in TiO2 Nanotubes: Influence of the Amount of Tungsten on Photoelectrocatalytic Activity. ELECTROCATALYSIS, v. 8, n. 2, p. 115-121, . (15/08815-9, 13/08543-3)
MARTINS, ALYSSON S.; HARITO, CHRISTIAN; BAVYKIN, DMITRY V.; WALSH, FRANK C.; LANZA, MARCOS R. V.. Insertion of nanostructured titanates into the pores of an anodised TiO2 nanotube array by mechanically stimulated electrophoretic deposition. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, v. 5, n. 16, p. 3955-3961, . (15/08815-9, 16/01937-4, 13/08543-3)
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