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Sustainable photocatalytic water remediation via dual active strongly coupled AgBiO3 on PVDF/PBSA membranes

Boruah, B and Samantaray, PK and Madras, G and Modak, J M and Bose, S (2020) Sustainable photocatalytic water remediation via dual active strongly coupled AgBiO3 on PVDF/PBSA membranes. In: Chemical Engineering Journal, 394 .

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Due to the limited access to safe drinking water, there is an emerging need to have a quick water decontamination strategy wherein all the major contaminants of water like dyes, organic compounds, and pathogenic bacteria can be removed using a sustainable approach. Herein, we introduce a facile method to strongly couple photocatalytic dual active AgBiO3 (AB) (light and dark active) onto a membrane consisting of Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and Poly (butylene succinate-co-adipate) (PBSA). Due to this strong coupling, the integrity of the catalyst was retained, and no significant leaching of Ag ions from the composite membranes was observed. The bactericidal response of this composite membrane was assessed in the presence of light and dark using E. coli as the model bacterium. Also, the efficacy of this strategy was extended to decontaminate secondary treated wastewater. It was also observed that the photocatalytic activity of the composite membrane was durable and highly effective in degrading recalcitrant pollutants like methylene blue and 4-nitrophenol, which are considered here as models recalcitrants. This facile strategy, besides improving the flux, enhanced the protein fouling resistance against Bovine serum albumin (BSA) and rendered robust bactericidal action. Taken together, these membranes can be further explored for sustainable water remediation strategies. © 2020 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: AgBiO3 immobilization; Antifouling; Bacterial inactivation; Photocatalytic dye degradation; PVDF/PBSA membranes; Water treatment
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2022 05:03
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2022 05:03
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65035

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