Our team conducts scientific research focused mainly on the area of photocatalysis, which is a combination of photochemistry and catalysis. It can be defined as a natural phenomenon using a semiconductor called photocatalyst, the most commonly used being dioxide Of Titanium (TiO2) and products derived from it. We are dedicated to heterogeneous photocatalysis, which consists of the generation of an electron-hole pair in the semiconductor particles that accelerates the reaction rate. In addition, it has the catalyst in a different phase of the reagents, making this its main difference compared to the homogeneous photocatalysis. During the process, reactions of both oxidation and reduction occur, thus promoting the elimination of the major part of the organic pollutants.
The process of photocatalysis starts from the natural principle of decontamination of nature itself. We can compare it with photosynthesis that, just as it is able to eliminate CO2 to generate organic matter, thanks to solar radiation, photocatalysis eliminates other pollutants common in the atmosphere, such as NOx , SOx, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO, methyl mercaptan, formaldehyde, chlorinated organic compounds and poly aromatic compounds, through a process of oxidation activated by solar energy.