Clean Water


 Water Detoxification Using Innovative vi-Nanocatalysts

Grant Agreement No 227017
EC Grant 1,705,584 €
Project duration 01/06/2009 - 31/05/2012
Coordinator and contact NCSRD - Polycarpos Falaras



Innovative nanostructured photocatalysts and corresponding continuous flow photocatalytic-disinfection-membrane reactors for sustainable and cost effective water treatment and detoxification can be developed by using doped TiO2 nanomaterials with visible light response.

The new technology exploits solar energy, recent advances in nano-engineered titania photocatalysts and nanofiltration membranes for the destruction of extremely hazardous compounds in water. To this aim, the UV-vis responding titania nanostructured photocatalysts can be stabilized on nanotubular membranes of controlled pore size and retention efficiency as well as on carbon nanotubes to achieve photocatalytically active nanofiltration membranes.

Specific target pollutants including cyanobacterial toxin MC-LR and endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC) in water supplies as well as classical water pollutants such us phenols, pesticides and azo-dyes can be efficiently decomposed. The scale up of the photocatalytic technology and its application in tanks and tap water for public use and consumption is ongoing.



  • Preparation of innovative nanostructured UV-Vis light-activated photocatalysts
  • Development of composite carbon nanotubes / titania nanostructures
  • Development of photocatalyticaly active nanofiltration membranes with tailored pore size and retention efficiency for target water pollutants
  • Evaluation of materials activity for the photodegradation of water target pollutants
  • Development of a laboratory-scale continuous flow photocatalytic-disinfection-membrane reactors
  • Up-scaling of Materials and Processes (Large scale evaluation, Process engineering)
  • Evaluation of the efficiency of the novel photocatalytic methods at the reduction-elimination of toxicity



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos Greece Research Polycarpos Falaras
OSMO SISTEMI S.R.L. Italy SME Evangelos Kantilaftis
Innovative Research and Technology ltd UK SME Panos Aloupogiannis
University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria Spain Research, higher education José Miguel Doña Rodríguez
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Portugal Higher education Adrián M.T. Silva
Nantes University - Ecole des Mines de Nantes / ARMINES (GEPEA UMR CNRS 6144 Laboratory) France Research, higher education Valérie Héquet
University of Cincinnati USA Research, higher education Dionysios D. Dionysiou