12 Apr 2019
CLAIM in CORDIS: Innovative light-induced chemical pathway to clean wastewater plants
CLAIM was featured with one of its 5 marine cleaning technologies in the CORDIS News section accommodating updates about the most important research developments from EU-funded projects.
“Supported by the EU-funded CLAIM project, researchers have proposed a new methodology that uses nanocoating and light energy for microplastics degradation.
Their findings were published in the journal ‘Environmental Chemistry Letters’. The researchers highlight microplastics’ “ubiquitous distribution, uncontrolled environmental occurrences, small sizes and long lifetimes.” They add: “Actual remediation methods include filtration, incineration and advanced oxidation processes such as ozonation, but those methods require high energy or generate unwanted by-products. Here we tested the degradation of fragmented, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) microplastic residues, by visible light-induced heterogeneous photocatalysis activated by zinc oxide nanorods.”
More in the original news item: https://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/131011/en?WT.mc_id=exp