Mr Andrea Merenda, supported by the Embassy’s scientific mobility program [fr]
Mr Andrea Merenda, PhD student at Deakin University, spent 4 weeks at the Institut Européen des Membranes (IEMM), in Montpellier, thanks to the French Embassy’s scientific mobility program.
His visit aimed at developing novel nanoporous membrane materials with the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technique developed by the IEMM. Deakin University developed porous TiO2 substrates, on which has been used the ALD technique for thin film coating and nanoparticles deposition to modify the surface and optical properties of the nanoporous TiO2 nanotubes. The final purpose of this study is the design of nano-structured heterogeneous catalytic junctions with high interface to volume ratio and discrete surface distribution to promote the photoelectron activity in the catalytic degradation of organic pollutants.
Mr Merenda’s visit in Montpellier was followed by other exchanges between the Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials team, Dr. Ludovic Dumée and Andrea himself, and the IEMM’s team, Dr Mikhael Bechelany and Dr Matthieu Weber; exchanges focused on applications in organic pesticides removal which represents the final purpose of the project. The work conducted has also constituted an entire chapter in Mr Merenda’s PhD thesis and has led to a publication in the peer-reviewed journal Applied Surface Science (Elsevier):
Fabrication of Pd-TiO2 nanotube photoactive junctions via Atomic Layer Deposition for persistent pesticide pollutants degradation