Our group CatSEE conducts interdisciplinary research on the borderline of physics, chemistry and materials science and engineering.
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Behdokht Hashemi Hosseini — Marta Paszkiewicz-Gawron — Abdul Qayyum — Dariusz Łomot — Juan Carlos Colmenares Q. / Swaraj Rashmi Pradhan
Solar energy is considered the richest and one of the most promising sources of renewable energy on Earth. Its use brings significant economic and ecological benefits.
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The photocatalytic decomposition of pollutants occurring in the natural environment allows for the elimination of harmful substances through their complete mineralization (i.e. the complete process of oxidation of organic compounds to carbon dioxide and water).
This method is environmentally friendly and does not require the use of toxic materials, and does not use conventional, non-renewable energy sources. A factor that determines the process of photocatalysis in particular is a substance called a photocatalyst.
Activated by sunlight, it accelerates the course of the reaction, although it does not wear itself during it. In our process, we use titanium oxide, commonly known as titanium white, in the reaction of discoloration of the aqueous solution of gentian violet (gentian) under the influence of light.
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Polish Academy of Sciences
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