About FOTOCATGRAF

FOTOCATGRAF – Graphene-based semiconductor photocatalysis for a safe and sustainable water supply: an advanced technology for emerging pollutants removal - UTAP-ICDT/CTM-NAN/0025/2014

FOTOCATGRAF is an R&D&I project funded by FCT in the framework of the UT Austin|Portugal Program in the area of Emerging Technologies. It involves a multidisciplinary team composed by three Portuguese Associated Laboratories REQUIMTE, CICECO and INESC-TEC, one USA partner, the UT Austin, and the portuguese company Águas do Centro Litoral (AdCL), S.A., Grupo Águas de Portugal. The team has recognized skills and expertise as well as cutting-edge facilities in the fields of (Nano)materials, Eco-sustainable (Photo)Catalysis, Analytical Chemistry, Advanced Wastewater Treatment Technologies, Wireless Sensor Networks and Data Mining. The project aims at developing a new advanced graphene-based technology for the removal of emerging pollutants from wastewater to ensure a safer and sustainable water supply.

Scientific Domain: Exact Sciences and Engineering

Main Research Area: Materials Science and Engineering – Nanomaterials and Devices

Secondary Research Area: Environment and Global Changes – Environmental Technologies

Keywords: semiconductors graphene nanocomposites, nanophotocatalysis, semiconductor band gap tuning, emerging pollutants

Starting Date: 1st June, 2015

Duration: 36 months

Context

New emerging pollutants such as pharmaceuticals, hormones and their metabolites are being detected in water/wastewater, which can have a tremendous impact on the environment and human health. In this sense, the quest for new advanced technologies for a safe and sustainable water supply is one of the grand global challenges of the 21st century. Nanotechnology-enabled photocatalytic water treatment processes emerge as new opportunities to develop the next-generation of water supply and wastewater treatments to produce higher quality water.

Goals

  1. Novel graphene-based nanophotocatalysts with excellent performance in solar-driven degradation of emerging pollutants at laboratorial scale.

  2. Optimized analytical tools to detect and quantify emerging pollutants and metabolites in wastewaters.

  3. Data mining system for monitoring pollutants, including the ability to: (i) early warning of unusual events; and (ii) forecasting models that can anticipate unwanted situations allowing preventive actions to be carried out in advance.

  4. Microcontroller device with electrochemical sensor and a wireless sensor network that monitors the concentrations of the pollutants in WWTP and automatically forwards the data to a repository.

  5. Transferability of solar-driven graphene-based photocatalysts with the best performance in the removal of emerging pollutants to pilot WWTP in AdCL.

The Team

REQUIMTE - LAQV

Cristina Freire

(PhD)

Clara Pereira

(PhD)

Diana Fernandes

(PhD)

Iwona Kuzniarska-Biernacka

(PhD)

Mariana Araújo

(PhD Student)

Mariana Rocha

(PhD Student)

Ricardo Carvalho

(MsC Student)

CICECO - Univ. Aveiro

Tito Trindade

(PhD)

Helena Nogueira

(PhD)

Ana Estrada

(PhD)

Joana Lopes

(MsC)

ISEP

Cristina Matos

(PhD)

Sónia Figueiredo

(PhD)

Manuela Correia

(PhD)

INESC-TEC

Luís Lopes

(PhD)

Luís Torgo

(PhD)

Gil Ferro

(MsC)

UT Austin

Brian Korgel

(PhD)

Cherrelle Thomas

(PhD student)

Dan Houck

(PhD student)

Douglas Pernik

(PhD student)

Águas Centro Litoral

Sandra Jorge

Eng.

Gabriel Silva

Eng.

Dissemination

Publications

An ionic liquid route to prepare copper sulphide nanocrystals aiming at photocatalytic applications
Ana C. Estrada, Fábio M. Silva, Sofia F. Soares, João A. P. Coutinho, Tito Trindade
RSC Advances 2016, 6, 34521-34528.

Presence of pharmaceuticals in the Lis river (Portugal): Sources, fate and seasonal variation
Paula Paíga, Lúcia H.M.L.M. Santos, Sandra Ramos, Sandra Jorge, Jaime G. Silva, Cristina Delerue-Matos
Sci. Total Environ. 2016, 573, 164-177.

Optimization of the ion source-Mass Spectrometry parameters in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic pharmaceuticals analysis by a design of experiments approach
Paula Paíga, Luís M. S. Silva, Cristina Delerue-Matos
J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2016, 27, 1703-1714.

PMo11V@N-CNT electrochemical properties and its application as electrochemical sensor for determination of acetaminophen
Diana M. Fernandes, Marta Nunes, Belén Bachiller-Baeza, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Ramos, Antonio Guerrero-Ruiz, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Cristina Freire
J. Solid State Electrochem. 2016

National & International Conferences

Liquid-Phase Exfoliation of Graphite into Graphene Flakes
I. Kuźniarska-Biernacka, A. C. Alves, R. Matos, M. P. Araújo, A. J. S. Fernandes, C. Pereira, C. Freire
XENCMP – 10º Encontro Nacional de Catálise e Materiais (Poster), Lisbon, Portugal, May 19th – 20th, 2016.

Nanomaterials for Water Purification Technologies
Tito Trindade
Seminar, Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, May 6th, 2016.

Impactes expectáveis de micropoluentes emergentes nas águas, solos e saúde pública
Cristina Delerue-Matos
Desafios da Gestão Integrada dos Micropoluentes Emergentes no Ciclo Urbano da Água, Encontro organizado pela Associação Portuguesa de Distribuição e Drenagem de Águas, Agência Portuguesa de Ambiente, Amadora, Portugal, June 8th, 2016.

Micropoluentes e poluentes emergentes em sistemas de abastecimento e saneamento
Jaime Gabriel Silva
Desafios da Gestão Integrada dos Micropoluentes Emergentes no Ciclo Urbano da Água, Encontro organizado pela Associação Portuguesa de Distribuição e Drenagem de Águas, Agência Portuguesa de Ambiente, Amadora, Portugal, June 8th, 2016.

Nanomaterials for water purification technologies
Tito Trindade
ECIS – 30th Conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society (Oral Communication), Rome, Italy, September 4th – 9th, 2016.

Surface modification of graphene oxide flakes with copper sulfide nanophases aiming at applications in photocatalysis
Ana C. Estrada, Joana L. Lopes, Sofia F. Soares, Helena I. S. Nogueira, Tito Trindade
ECIS – 30th Conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society (Poster), Rome, Italy, September 4th – 9th, 2016.

Synthesis and characterisation of graphene doped with nitrogen and sulphur heteroatoms
Iwona Kuźniarska-Biernacka, Renata Matos, Catarina Alves, Mariana Araújo, João H. Belo, João P. Araujo, Clara Pereira, Cristina Freire
ICC – 11th Inorganic Chemistry Conference (Poster), Sintra, Portugal, October 7th – 8th, 2016.

Facile solvent-free synthesis of S-doped graphene by ball milling
Iwona Kuźniarska-Biernacka, Renata Matos, Catarina Alves, Mariana Araújo, João H. Belo, João P. Araujo, Clara Pereira, Cristina Freire
XXII Encontro Luso-Galego de Química (Poster), Bragança, Portugal, November 9th – 11th, 2016.

S-doped graphene flakes@semiconductors hybrid for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dye
Iwona Kuźniarska-Biernacka, Mariana Rocha, Ana C. Estrada, Clara Pereira, Tito Trindade, Cristina Freire
I Reunião do Grupo do Carbono (Poster), Porto, Portugal, June 12th – 13th, 2017.

Copper sulfide nanocrystals@graphene: synthesis and photocatalytic activity
A. C. Estrada, J. L. Lopes, T. Trindade
VII Iberian Meeting on Colloids and Interfaces (Oral), Madrid, Spain, July 4th – 7th, 2017.

Raman studies on graphene-based materials doped with metal sulfides
J. L. Lopes, A. C. Estrada, T. Trindade
VII Iberian Meeting on Colloids and Interfaces (Poster), Madrid, Spain, July 4th – 7th, 2017.

Photocatalytic activity of N,S-doped graphene-based multi-composite for the degradation of organic molecules
Iwona Kuźniarska-Biernacka, Marina Rocha, Renata Matos, Catarina Alves, Ana C. Estrada, Clara Pereira, Tito Trindade, Cristina Freire
XXV Encontro Nacional da Sociedade Portuguesa de Química (Poster), Lisbon, Portugal, July 16th – 19th, 2017.

Carbon-based nanomaterials for electrocatalysis
Diana M Fernandes
Advanced Nano Materials (Invited lecture), Aveiro, Portugal, July 19th – 21th, 2017.

Trade Fairs

  1. FOTOCATGRAF booth at AcquaLiveExpo – Water, Waste and Environment, Green Business Week – National Week for Green Growth, Lisbon, Portugal, March 1st – 3rd, 2016.

Participation of Prof. Cristina Freire in the 1st US Workshop on Nanosciences / Nanotechnologies @ UT Austin (USA)

Read more

Participation of FOTOCATGRAF in the Green Business Week @ Lisbon (PT)

Read more

Participation of FOTOCATGRAF in UT Austin|Portugal Annual Conference 2016 @ Lisbon (PT)

Read more

Participation of FOTOCATGRAF in TechDays AVEIRO 2016 - Fórum Nacional de Tecnologia @ Aveiro (PT)

Read more

Participation of FOTOCATGRAF in European Researchers' Night 2016 @ Aveiro (PT)

Read more


Events

Green Business Week – National Week for Green Growth

Read more

UT Austin|Portugal Annual Conference 2016

Read more

Get in touch

If you are interested in our project or would like to do challenging work within this outstanding project, contact us.


General

  • Address

    Dep. Química e Bioquímica,
    Faculdade de Ciências,
    Universidade do Porto

    Rua do Campo Alegre, s/n
    4169-007 Porto

REQUIMTE - LAQV

  • Address:

    Apartado 55141,
    EC Galiza
    4050-994 Porto
    Portugal

INESC - TEC

CICECO

  • Address

    CICECO, Department of Chemistry,
    Aveiro Institute of Materials,
    University of Aveiro

    Campus Universitário de Santiago
    3810-193 Aveiro
    Portugal

UT Austin

  • Address

    McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

    200 E Dean Keeton St Stop C0400
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 78712-1589