Research

 


Research Topics

 

· Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP’s) for polluted water treatment:

Heterogeneous photocatalysis

Ozonation

Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions

Combination of AOP’s

· Heterogeneous photocatalysis for treatment of low level pollution in enclosed atmospheres

· Integration of AOP’s and biological treatment of wastewaters

 


Ongoing Research Projects

 

-          A Coupled Advanced Oxidation-Biological Process for Recycling of Industrial Wastewater Containing Persistent Organic Contaminant (CADOX). Financed by the European Community (Contract number EVK1-CT-2002-00122). Approved: February, 2003. Duration: 36 months. Responsible: Dr. Sixto Malato (Plataforma Solar de Almería)

 

-          Tratamiento combinado fotocatálisis-ozonización para la destoxificación de aguas. Diseño de una instalación solar. Financed by the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (Spanish Government, Contract number PPQ2002-04060-C02-01). Approved: 01/01/2003. Duration: 31/12/2005. Responsible: Dr. Xavier Domènech Antúnez

 


List of scientific publication

 

1. J. Domènech and J. Peral. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of oxalate over semiconducting oxides.J. Chemical Research, (1987)360-361
2. J. Peral and J. Domènech.
Utilización de la energía solar en la eliminación del ion cianuro. Tecnología del Agua, 43(1988)41-45
3.
J. Domènech and J. Peral. Removal of toxic cyanide from water by heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation over ZnO. Solar Energy,41(1988)55-59.
4. J. Domènech, M. Andrés, J. Muñoz and J. Peral.
Aprovechamiento de la energía solar en la descontaminación de aguas. Química e Industria. 34(1988)709-711
5. J.Peral, J. Casado and J. Domènech. Light-induced oxidation of phenol over ZnO powder. J. Photochem Photobiol, A: Chem 44(1988)209-217
6. J. Peral, J. Casado and J. Domènech. Competitive processes in photocatalysis. Phenol-sulphide and phenol-cyanide competitive photooxidation over ZnO. Electrochimica Acta, 34(1989)1335-1338
7. X. Domènech and J. Peral. Cyanide photooxidation using a TiO2-coated zeolite. Chemistry and Industry, September, (1989)606
8. J. Casado, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Photocurrent generation in photogalvanic cells using TiO2 slurry electrodes. Bulletin of Electrochemistry, 5(1989)708-710
9. J. Casado, J.Peral, J. Balué and X. Domènech. Photogalvanic behaviour of K3Mn(CN)6 in CN- aqueous solutions.
Electrochimica Acta, 35(1990)427-429
10. J. Peral, J. Muñoz and X. Domènech.
Photosensitized CN- oxidation over TiO2. J. Photochem. Photobiol A:Chem., 55(1990)251-257
11. J. Peral, J. Muñoz, M. Trillas, R. Barner and X.Domènech. Photodegradation of contaminants in aqueous solutions over semiconductor supported on an inert matrix. Environmental Contamination. Edited by J. Barceló, CEP Consultants Ltd, 1990, ISBN 0905941 43 8
12. J. Peral and J. Domènech.
Influencia d'alguns anions sobre l'oxidació fotocatalítica de l'ió cianur en suspensions d'oxids semiconductors. Butlletí de la Societat Catalana de Física, Química i Matemàtica, Miscel lania Enric Casassas, (1991)271-274
13.
M. Trillas, R. Barber, J. Muñoz, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Photoreduction of Cr(VI) over CdS supported on a glass matrix. Hazardous Waste & Hazardous Materials. 8(1991)151-159
14. X. Domènech, J. Muñoz, J. Peral and J. Casado. Aplicació d'un mètode fotocatalític a l'eliminació de substàncies tòxiques en dissolució.Butlletí de la SocietatCatalana de Ciències., XII(1991)57-64
15.
J. Peral, J. Muñoz and X. Domènech. Photocatalytic cyanide oxidation from aqueous copper-cyanide solutions over TiO2 and ZnO. J. Chemical Technol. Biotechnol. 53(1992)93-96
16. J. Peral and D.F. Ollis. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of gas-phase organics for air purification: acetone, 1-butanol, butyraldehyde, formaldehyde and m-xylene oxidation. Journal ofCatalysis,
136(1992)554-565
17. J. Peral and A. Mills. Factors affecting the kinetics of methyl orange reduction photo-sensitized by colloidal CdS. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem., 73(1993)47-52.
18. A. Bravo, J. Garcia, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Some aspects of the photocatalytic oxidation of ammonium Ion. Journal of Chemical Research,(1993)376-377
19. M. Trillas, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Photo-oxidation of phenoxyacetic acid by TiO2-illuminated catalyst. Applied Catalysis,3(1993)45-53
20. J. Peral and D.F. Ollis. Photocatalyst deactivation: Oxidation of decamethyltetrasiloxane, pyrrole, indole and dimethyl sulfide. Photocatalytic Purification and Treatment of Water and Air.
Editado por D.F. Ollis. Elsevier, 1993. ISBN 0-444-89855-7
21. A. Milis, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of nitrite over Fe-doped TiO2 samples. J. of Molecular Catalysis. 87(1994)67-74
22. A. Bravo, J. García, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Some observations about the photocatalytic oxidation of cyanate to nitrate over TiO2. Electroquimica Acta, 39(1994)2461-2463
23. A. Milis, J. Peral and X. Domènech.Kinetics of the photocatalytic oxidation of sulphite-nitrite mixture in aqueous TiO2 suspensions. Oxidation Communications, 17(1994)163-169
24. M. Trillas, J. Peral, X. Domènech and J. Giménez. Photocatalytic Oxidation of Phenol and 2,4-Dichlorophenol over TiO2. In Solar Engineering 1994. Edited by D.E. Klett, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1994, ISBN 0-7918-1192-1
25. M. Trillas, L. Sánchez, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Photocatalytic Degradation of 2,4-DichlorophenoxyaceticAcid to CO2 and HCl. Water Purification by Photocatalytic, Photoelectrochemical, and
Electrochemical Processes. Edited by T.L. Rose. The Electrochemical Society, 1994, ISBN 1-56677-076-9
26. S. Cervera, J. Giménez, D. Curcó, X. Doménech and J. Peral. Reaction Rate and Radiation Absorption in Photocatalysis. Water Purification by Photocatalytic, Photoelectrochemical, and Electrochemical Processes.
Edited by T.L. Rose. The Electrochemical Society, 1994, ISBN 1-56677-076-9
27. J. Peral, M. Trillas and X. Domènech. Heterogeneous photochemistry: an easy experiment. Journal of Chemical Education, 72(1995)565-566.
28. A. Ansari, J.Peral, X. Domènech, R. Rodríguez-Clemente, A. Roig and E. Molins. Photo-oxidation of Sulfite ions in the Presence of Some Iron Oxides. J. Photochem. and Photobiol, A: Chem 87(1995)121-125
29. M. Trillas, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Redox Photodegradation of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid over TiO2. Applied Catalysis, 5(1995)377-387
30. A. Bratov, J. Peral and S. Alegret.
Sensores químicos piezoeléctricos.Química Analítica, 14(1995)5-18
31.
M. Trillas, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Photocatalyzed degradation of phenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, phenoxyacetic acid and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid over supported TiO2 in a flow system. J. Chemical Technol. Biotechnol, 67(1996)237-242
32. L. Sánchez, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Degradation of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid by in situ photogenerated Fenton reagent. Electrochimica Acta, 41(1996)1981-1985.
33. A. Ansari, J.Peral, X. Domènech, R. Rodríguez-Clemente and J.Casado.Oxidation of S(iv) to S(vi) under Fenton, photo-Fenton andg-FeOOH photocatalized conditions.J. Molecular Catalysis, 112(1996)269-276
34.
F. Torrades, M.C. Riva, S. Torres, J.A. García-Hortal, X. Domènech, J. Peral and M. Perez. Eliminación del componente constante del error y de la interferencia interactiva de la matriz en la determinación de AOX
en efluentes de blanqueo de pastas papeleras. Química Analítica.,15(1996)95-98
35. F. Torrades, M.C. Riva, S.Torres, J.A. García-Hortal, X. Domènech, J.Peral and M. Pérez.
Detection and elimination of the constant error component and the interactive matrix interference in the determination of adsorbable organic halogen (AOX) in bleached kraft paper pulp mill effluents.Analytica Chimica Acta, 33(1996)139-146
36. L. Sánchez, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Photocatalyzed destruction of aniline in UV-Illuminated Aqueous TiO2 suspensions. Electrochimica Acta,42(1997)1877-1882
37. J. Peral and D.F. Ollis. TiO2 photocatalytic deactivation by gas-phase oxidation of heteroatom organics.
J. Molecular Catalysis, A:Chemical, 115(1997)347-354
38. A. Ansari, J. Peral, X. Domènech and R. Rodríguez-Clemente. Oxidation of HSO3- in aqueous suspensions
of a-Fe2O3, a- FeOOH, b- FeOOH and g-FeOOH in the dark and under illumination.Environmental Pollution. 95(1997)283
39. M. Pérez, F. Torrades, J. A. García-Hortal, X. Domènech and J.Peral. Removalof organic contaminants in paper pulp treatment effluentsby TiO2 photocatalyzed oxidation. J. Photochem. Photobiol, 109(1997)281-286
40. M. Pérez, F. Torrades, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Photocatalytic treatment of paper pulp bleach efluents. Química Analítica, 16(1997)211-214
41. J. Peral, X. Domènech and D.F. Ollis. Heterogeneous photocatalysis for purification, decontamination and deodorization of air. J. Chemical Technol. Biotechnol, 70(1997)117-140
42. E. Brillas, E. Mur, R. Sauleda, L. Sánchez, J. Peral, X. Domènech and J. Casado. Aniline mineralization by AOP’s: photocatalytic, electro-Fenton and photoelectro-Fenton processes. Applied Catalysis B:Environmental. 16(1998)31-42.
43. E. Esgueva, J. Garcia, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Photocatalyzed destruction of thiourea over TiO2 powder. Oxidation Communications. 20(1997)546-551.
44. J.A. Navio, G. Colón, M. Trillas, J. Peral, X. Domènech, J.J. Testa, J. Padrón, D. Rodríguez and M.I. Litter. Heterogeneous photocatalytic reactions of nitrite oxidation and Cr(VI) reduction on iron-doped titania prepared by the wet impregnation method. Applied Catalysis B:Environmental 16(1998)187-196
45. L. Sánchez, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Aniline degradation by combined photocatalysis and ozonation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 19(1998)59-65
46. E. Brillas, E. Mur, R. Sauleda, L. Sánchez, J. Peral, X. Doménech and J. Casado. Aniline degradation under Electrochemical and photocatalytic conditions. Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies. Vol 4, No. 1, 1999.
47. J. Jiménez-Becerril, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Gas-phase photocatalyzed acetone oxidation. International Journal of Environmental pollution. Vol 15 (1), 7-12, 1999
48. X. Domènech and J. Peral. Kinetics of the photocatalytic oxidation of N(III) and S(IV) on different semiconductor oxides. Chemosphere,38,6(1999)1265-1271
49. X. Domènech and J. Peral.
Aplicación de la fotocatálisis a la eliminación de contaminantes. Electroquímica y Electrocatálisis, Edited by N. Alonso-Vante, Ciudad Educativa, ISBN 1-4135-0104-4
50.
B. Utset, J. Garcia, J. Casado, X. Doménech and J. Peral. Replacement of H2O2 by O2 in Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions. Chemosphere, 41(2000)1187-1192
51. L. Saadoun, J.A. Ayllón, J. Jiménez-Becerril, J. Peral, X. Domènechand R. Rodríguez-Clemente.1,2-Diolates of titanium as suitable precursors for the preparation of photoactive high surface titania. Applied Catalysis, B: Environmental, 21(1999)269-277
52. E. Piera, J.C. Calpe, E. Brillas, X. Doménech and J.Peral. 2-4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid degradation by catalysedozonation: TiO2/UVA/O3 and Fe(II)/UVA/O3 systems. Applied Catalysis B:Environmental.
27(2000)169-177
53. L. Saadoun, J.A. Ayllón, J. Jiménez-Becerril, J. Peral, X. Doménech and R. Rodríguez-Clemente.
Synthesis and Photocatalytic Activity of Mesoporous Anatase Prepared from tetrabutylammonium-titania composites.Materials Research Bulletin, 35(2000)193-202
54. J.A. Ayllón, A.M. Peiró, L. Saadoun, E. Vigil, X. Domènech and J.Peral. Preparation of Anatase Powders from Fluorine-Complexed Titanium (IV) Aqueous Solution using Microwave Irradiation.Journal of Materials
Chemistry, 10(2000)1911-1914
55. A.M. Peiró, J.A. Ayllón, J. Peral and X. Doménech. TiO2-photocatalyzed degradation of phenol and
ortho-substituted phenolic compounds. Applied Catalysis B:Environmental, 30(2001)359-373
56. E. Vigil, J.A. Ayllón, A.M. Peiró, R. Rodríguez-Clemente, X.Domènech and J. Peral. TiO2 layers grown from flowing precursor solutions using microwave heating. Langmuir. 2001, 17, 891-896
57. X. Doménech, J.A. Ayllón and J. Peral. H2O2 formation from photocatalytic processes at the ZnO/Water interface .Environmental Science and Pollution Research, (4)285-287(2001)
58. A.M. Peiró, J. Peral, C. Domingo, X. Doménech and J.A. Ayllón. Low-Temperature Deposition of TiO2 Thin Films withPhotocatalytic Activity from Colloidal Anatase Aqueous Solutions. Chemistry of Materials, 2001, 13, 2567-2573
59.
M. Pérez, F. Torrades, J. Peral, C. Lizama, C. Bravo, S. Casas, J. Freer and H.D. Mansilla. Multivariate approach to photocatalytic degradation of a cellulose bleaching effluent. Applied Catalysis B:
Environmental, 2001, 33, 89-96
60.
M. Pérez, F. Torrades, J.A. García-Hortal, X. Doménech and J. Peral. Removal of organic contaminants in paper pulp treatment effluents by Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental,
36(2002)63-74
61.
F. Torrades, J. Peral, M. Pérez, X. Doménech, J.A. García-Hortal and M.C. Riva. Removal of organic contaminants in bleached kraft effluents using heterogeneous photocatalysis and ozone. TAPPI Journal, 2001,
84(6), 1-10
62. B. Sánchez, A.I. Cardona, J. Peral and M. Litter.
Purificación de gases por fotocatálisis heterogénea: estado del arte. Eliminación de Contaminantes por Fotocatálisis Heterogénea. Edited by M.A. Blesa. Digital Grafic, La Plata, Argentina. 2001. ISBN 987-43-3809-1
63. M. Pérez, F. Torrades, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Removal Of Organic Contaminants In Paper Pulp Effluents By Aop?s: an Economic Study. Journal of Environmental Technology and Biotechnology, 77(2002)525-532
64. M. Pérez, F. Torrades, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Treatment Of Bleaching Kraft Mill Effluents And colyclorinated Phenolic Compounds with Ozonation.Journal of Environmental Technology and Biotechnology.
77(2002)891-897
65. M. Pérez, F. Torrades, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Fenton And Photo-Fenton Oxidation Of Textile Effluents.
Water Research. 36(2002)2703-27100

66.  M. Pérez, F. Torrades, J. Peral, L. Miller and H.D. Mansilla. Experimental Design Of Fenton And Photofenton Reactions For The Treatment Of Cellulose Bleaching Effluents. Chemosphere, 50(2003)1085-1093
67. X. Domènech, J.A. Ayllón, J. Peral and J. Rieradevall. Quantifying The Green Character Of A Chemical Reaction. LCA Application To Green Chemistry. Environmental Science and Technology.36(2002)5517-5520
68. M.I. Franch, J.A. Ayllón, J. Peral and X. Doménech. Photocatalytic Degradation Of Short-Chain Organic Diacids. Catalysis Today. 76(2002)221-233
69. E. Piera, J.A. Ayllón, X. Doménech and J.Peral. TiO2 Deactivation During Gas-Phase Photocatalytic Oxidation of Ethanol.Catalysis Today. 76(2002)259-270
70. A.M. Peiró, E. Vigil, J. Peral, C. Domingo, X. Domènech and J.A. Ayllón. Titanium (IV) oxide thin films obtained by a two-step soft-solution method. Thin Solid Films, 411(2002)185-191
71. A.M. Peiró, E. Brillas, J. Peral, X. Domènech and J.A. Ayllón. Titanium dioxide electrochemically assisted deposition on aluminium cathodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 12(2002)2769-2773
72.
M. Pérez, F. Torrades, X. Domènech and J. Peral. Eliminación de contaminantes orgánicos en efluentes industriales textiles mediante la utilización de reacciones Fenton y foto-Fenton. Revista de Química
Textil, 156, Enero-Marzo 2002, 65-73
73.
L. Sánchez, X. Doménech, J. Casado and J. Peral. Solar activated ozonation of phenol and malic acid.
Chemosphere, 50(2003)1085-1093
74. F. Torrades, M. Pérez, H.D. Mansilla and J. Peral.
Experimental design of Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions for the treatment of cellulose bleaching effluents. Chemosphere, 53(2003)1211-1220.
75. M.I. Franch, J.A. Ayllón, J. Peral and X. Domènech. Fe(III)-photocatalysed degradation of low chain carboxylic acids. Implication of the iron salt. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.
50(2004)89-99.
76. N. González-García, J.A. Ayllón, X. Doménech and J. Peral.
TiO2 deactivation during the gas-phase photocatalytic oxidation of dimethyl sulphide. Applied Catálisis B: Environmental. 52(2004)69-77.

77. F. Torrades, J. García-Montaño, J.A. García-Hortal, X. Doménech and J. Peral. Decolourization and mineralization of comercial reactive dyes under solar light assisted photo-Fenton conditions. Solar Energy Journal. Accepted for publication.

78. F. Torrades, J. García-Montaño, J.A. García-Hortal, L. Núñez, X. Domènech and J.Peral. Decolourisation and mineralisation of a homo-bireactive and a hetero-bireactive dye under Fenton’s and photo-Fenton’s conditions. Coloration Technology. Accepted for publication.

 

 

 


Patents

 

-          Process for the degradation of organic compounds in aqueous solution by means of ozonation and sunlight irradiation. José Peral, Juan Casado, Juan Llibre. Owner: Sociedad Española de Carburos Metálicos). Eur. Pat. Appl. (2001). Application EP 200-500268 20001222. Priority: ES 99-9902857.

-          Biosensores basados en un transductor químico tipo ISFET con membrana biológica inmovilizada para determinación de impurezas en corriente de gas. J. Muñoz, C. Dominguez, J. Peral, J. Casado, J. Llibre. Application: P20010286. Priority country: Spain (1/12/2001). Owner: Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica

 


Scientific Stays Abroad

 

-          University College of Swansea. Department of Chemistry. Swansea, Wales. 1/4/89-30/6/89. Project: Study of the kinetic processes driven by colloidal photocatalyst. Responsible Dr. Andrew Mills.

-          North Carolina State University. Department of Chemical Engineering. Raleigh, NC (USA) 1/9/90-31/8/92. NASA Project: Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants (NAG 2-684). Responsible: Dr. David F. Ollis.

-          University of Alabama at Huntsville. Summer Session of the International Space University (ISU). Huntsville, Al (USA). 1/6/93-31/8/93. Multidisciplinary Space Studies.