INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Influence of pyrolytic Seeds on ZnO nanorods growth onto rigid substrates for photocatalytic abatement of E.coli in water
SANCHEZ L; GUZ L.; GARCÍA P.; PONCE S; GOYANES S.; MARCHI M C; CANDAL R.; ESTRADA W.; RODRIGUEZ J
Water science and tecnology; water suply
Lugar: London; Año: 2014 vol. 14 p. 1087 - 1087
ZnO nanorods (ZnO NRs) were grown on ZnO seeded fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates at low temperatures (90oC) from Zn2+ precursors in alkaline aqueous solution. The ZnO seeds were deposited on the FTO substrate heated at 350oC by spray pyrolysis of a zinc acetate solution in a water ethanol mixture. The structure of seeds was tuned by the ethanol water ratio, gamma, which controls the solvent evaporation rate of drops impinging the substrate. The relationship between the microstructure and optical properties of the ZnO NRs films and the photocatalytic antibacterial activity for E. Coli abatement, was determined through a detailed characterization of the material. The higher photocatalytic antibacterial activity was performed by ZnO NRs films grown on seeds deposited from solutions with gamma in the 0.0-0.03 range. With these films the population of viable E. Coli dropped more than six orders, from 8x108 to 4x102 CFU. These results show the potential of these materials in water disinfection.