In a fruitful European collaboration with the Department of Chemistry from the University of Aveiro in Portugal, innovative photosensitizers supported on magnetite particles were evaluated as potential nano-purification units for water treatment. These species were investigated for degradation of 17β-estradiol, a model organic pollutant present in water, in view of developing more performant water purification treatments. Using only air and visible light, the photooxidation reaction under a flow regime as developed at EcoSynth proved to be far superior to the corresponding batch process. The results were published in the scientific journal Dyes and Pigments, the link to which is found below. For this research, Lucia Fernandez was a visiting researcher at EcoSynth in a project that was part of “The singlet oxygen strategy”, a Marie-Curie ITN research program funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework (FP7/2007-2013).
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