A Review of Engineering Developments of Aqueous Phase Solar Photocatalytic Detoxification and Disinfection Processes

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D. Y. Goswami

Solar Energy and Energy, Conversion Laboratory, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

J. Sol. Energy Eng 119(2), 101-107 (May 01, 1997) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2887886 History: Received November 01, 1996; Online February 14, 2008


Scientific research on photocatalytic oxidation of hazardous chemicals has been conducted extensively over the last three decades. Use of solar radiation in photocatalytic detoxification and disinfection has only been explored in the last decade. Developments of engineering scale systems, design methodologies, and commercial and industrial applications have occurred even more recently. A number of reactor concepts and designs including concentrating and nonconcentrating types and methods of catalyst deployment have been developed. Some commercial and industrial field tests of solar detoxification systems have been conducted. This paper reviews the engineering developments of the solar photocatalytic detoxification and disinfection processes, including system design methodologies.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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