Compared to other oxidants (e.g. Cl2), H2O2 does not produce other toxic intermediates and final products in water treatment. Apart from the promising application in water industry, H2O2 has many other applications in various industries, being one of the 100 most used chemicals. Recent studies showed that H2O2 could also be an alternative source in hydrogen fuel cells. Currently, H2O2 is mainly produced through the energy-demanding and waste-intensive anthraquinone process using fossil fuel as raw materials. Recent advances in circular hydrogen economy provide utilities with a sustainable cost-effective tool to produce H2O2 for AOP in water and recycled treatment processes.
Recently, researchers at Monash University ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation (EESep) developed an innovative photocatalytic technology which can produce H2O2 from water and air under sunlight. As a result, the technology has a potential to use the secondary treated effluent as the raw materials for H2O2 production, which at same time is able to remove the emerging contaminants. This will enable water utilities to be a key player in the emerging hydrogen economy, not only producing enough H2O2 for water industry but supplying to other industries, which will help Australia to secure a global leading position in sustainable development.
The objectives of this project are:
This project will deliver the following:
Dr Arash Zamyadi | Research Manager
30th Sep, 2020