The Debut in Research Award went to Daniela Meroni, for her project Nano-structured Semi-conductor Films: Synthesis, Surface Functionalisation and Innovative Applications.
Photocatalysts to purify air and water
Dr Meroni’s theory addresses the applicability of titanium dioxide (TiO2) in environmental reclamation processes, and is considered very promising due to limited costs, non-toxicity and stability. Although a number of commercial applications are already available, many issues remain to be addressed in order to obtain materials with higher efficiency and durability. Dr Meroni’s research explores the most critical points of TiO2, identifying solutions for more efficient TiO2 photo-catalysts for the removal of air (VOCs) and water pollutants, cleverly addressing both theoretical and application issues, and remaining within the context of environmental protection and reclamation processes.