IFG 03-19 Internship, Bachelor- or Master thesis: P25 immobilized PVDF membrane for photocatalytic degradation of micropollutants

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Part-Time Suitability:

The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Starting date:


Job description:

Micropollutant that includes natural as well as anthropogenic persistent chemicals in water are a rapidly emerging global problem that seriously threatens environmental and human health. Membrane processes are considered as the fast developing and cutting-edge technologies that could be employed in advanced water purification sector.

The hybrid photocatalysis and membrane filtration system combines the advantages of both membrane filtration and photocatalytic degradation. This approach allow the possibility of creating membranes with superior removal efficiency and selectivity that lead to the development of a new water treatment solution. Thus, the hybrid process is a must for achieving an efficiency level not achievable by single process.

The aim of this project is to fabricate nanocomposite (P25-PVDF) membranes based thereon with new functionality in terms of self-cleaning, stability, selectivity, flux, and control cut-off properties. 

The following task will be performed:                                  

Literature review on the topic (photocatalytic membrane  and removal of contaminants, like dyes, pharmaceuticals  and personal care products; integration of P25 with PVDF membrane, stability of the membrane Characterization of synthesized membrane– SEM, contact angle, pure water flux, TGA and FTIRPerform experiments with the micro cross flow system connected to the UV spectrophotometer to evaluate the contaminants removalAnalyze experimental data and write/co-author a research publication (in English)

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