Titanium dioxide nanofibers integrated stainless steel filter for photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceutical compounds

Subramaniyan Ramasundaram, Ha Na Yoo, Kyung Guen Song, Jaesang Lee, Kyoung Jin Choi, Seok Won Hong

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A photocatalytically active stainless steel filter (P-SSF) was prepared by integrating electrospun TiO2 nanofibers on SSF surface through a hot-press process where a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibers interlayer acted as a binder. By quantifying the photocatalytic oxidation of cimetidine under ultraviolet radiation and assessing the stability of TiO2 nanofibers integrated on the P-SSF against sonication, the optimum thickness of the TiO2 and PVDF layer was found to be 29 and 42μm, respectively. At 10L/m2h flux, 40-90% of cimetidine was oxidized when the thickness of TiO2 layer increased from 10 to 29μm; however, no further increase of cimetidine oxidation was observed as its thickness increased to 84μm, maybe due to limited light penetration. At flux conditions of 10, 20, and 50L/m2h, the oxidation efficiencies for cimetidine were found to be 89, 64, and 47%, respectively. This was attributed to reduced contact time of cimetidine within the TiO2 layer. Further, the degradation efficacy of cimetidine was stably maintained for 72h at a flux of 10L/m2h and a trans-filter pressure of 0.1-0.2kPa. Overall, our results showed that it can potentially be employed in the treatment of effluents containing organic micropollutants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-132
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of hazardous materials
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 5
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was financially supported by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Institutional Program ( 2E23943 ).


  • Electrospinning
  • Pharmaceutical pollutants
  • Photocatalytic filter
  • Poly(vinylidene fluoride)
  • TiO nanofibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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