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Insights into Biodegradable Polymer-Supported Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts for Environmental Remediation

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Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation (CIRI-AUTH), Balkan Center, GR-57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Academic Editor: Ana María Díez-Pascual
Received: 9 June 2021 / Revised: 29 June 2021 / Accepted: 1 July 2021 / Published: 2 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Biodegradable Polymers)
During the past two decades, immobilization of titanium dioxide (TiO2), a well-known photocatalyst, on several polymeric substrates has extensively gained ground since it limits the need of post-treatment separation stages. Taking into account the numerous substrates tested for supporting TiO2 photocatalysts, the use of biodegradable polymer seems a hopeful option owing to its considerable merits, including the flexible nature, low price, chemical inertness, mechanical stability and wide feasibility. The present review places its emphasis on recently published research articles (2011–2021) and exhibits the most innovative studies facilitating the eco-friendly biodegradable polymers to fabricate polymer-based photocatalysts, while the preparation details, photocatalytic performance and reuse of the TiO2/polymer photocatalysts is also debated. The biodegradable polymers examined herein comprise of chitosan (CS), cellulose, alginate, starch, poly(lactid acid) (PLA), polycaprolactone (PCL) and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), while an emphasis on the synthetical pathway (dip-coating, electrospinning, etc.) of the photocatalysts is provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodegradable polymers; titanium dioxide; immobilization; photocatalysis; wastewater remediation biodegradable polymers; titanium dioxide; immobilization; photocatalysis; wastewater remediation
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Ainali, N.M.; Kalaronis, D.; Evgenidou, E.; Bikiaris, D.N.; Lambropoulou, D.A. Insights into Biodegradable Polymer-Supported Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts for Environmental Remediation. Macromol 2021, 1, 201-233. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/macromol1030015

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Ainali NM, Kalaronis D, Evgenidou E, Bikiaris DN, Lambropoulou DA. Insights into Biodegradable Polymer-Supported Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts for Environmental Remediation. Macromol. 2021; 1(3):201-233. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/macromol1030015

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Ainali, Nina M., Dimitrios Kalaronis, Eleni Evgenidou, Dimitrios N. Bikiaris, and Dimitra A. Lambropoulou 2021. "Insights into Biodegradable Polymer-Supported Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts for Environmental Remediation" Macromol 1, no. 3: 201-233. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/macromol1030015

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