Ups and Downs of Water Photodecolorization by Nanocomposite Polymer Nanofibers

Shahin Homaeigohar (Lead / Corresponding author), Niharika Krishna Botcha, Eman S. Zarie, Mady Elbahri

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Given the exponentially expanding water pollution causing water scarcity, there is an urgent need for operative nanotechnological systems that can purify water, with insignificant energy consumption, and rapidly. Here, we introduce a nanocomposite system based on TiO 2 nanoparticles (NPs) and PES nanofibers (NFs) that can adsorb and then photodecompose organic water pollutants such as dye molecules. We evaluate pros and cons of this system with respect to its purification efficiency and structural properties that can be impacted by the photocatalytic activity of the nanofillers. While the material is superhydrophilic and able to remove 95% methylene blue (MB) from water via adsorption/photodecomposition, its thermomechanical properties decline upon UV irradiation. However, these properties still remain at the level of the neat NFs. The removal behavior is modeled by the first-and second-order kinetic models from the kinetic point of view. The nanocomposite NFs’ removal behavior complies much better with the second-order kinetic model. Overall, such feedbacks implied that the nanocomposite can be effectively applied for water treatment and the structural properties are still as reliable as those of the neat counterpart.

Original languageEnglish
Article number250
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Dye removal
  • Nanofiber
  • Photocatalysis
  • Photodegradation
  • Water treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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