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Visible Light Photodegradation of Methyl Orange and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Wastewater

Show simple item record Chaukura, Nhamo 2023-09-06T13:43:46Z 2023-09-06T13:43:46Z 2022
dc.description.abstract Water pollution due to dyes and pathogens is problematic worldwide, and the disease burden is higher in low-income countries where water treatment facilities are usually inadequate. Thus the development of low-cost techniques for the removal of dyes and pathogens in aquatic systems is critical for safeguarding human and ecological health. In this work, we report the fabrication and use of a photocatalyst derived from waste from coal combustion in removing dyes and pathogens from wastewater. Higher TiO2 loading of the photocatalyst increased the removal efficiency for methyl orange (95.5%), and fluorine-doping improved the disinfection efficacy from 76% to 95% relative to unmodified material. Overall, the work effectively converted hazardous waste into a value-added product that has potential in point-of-use water treatment. Future research should focus on upscaling the technique, investigating the fate of the potential of the photocatalysts for multiple reuse, and the recovery of TiO2 in treated water. Significance: • The study provides a pathway for the fabrication of a value-added product from coal fly ash waste. • The use of the proposed nanocomposite material for wastewater treatment represents a potentially affordable, simple, and sustainable technology for point-of-use water treatment. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa en_US
dc.subject catalysis, environmental remediation, pollution, porous materials, wastewater, zeolite en_US
dc.title Visible Light Photodegradation of Methyl Orange and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Wastewater en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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