Publications by authors named "Valentino Capucci"

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Photocatalytic porcelain grés large slabs digitally coated with AgNPs-TiO.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2019 Dec 25;26(36):36117-36123. Epub 2019 Apr 25.

IrisCeramica Group, Via Ghiarola Nuova 119, 41042, Fiorano M.se (MO), Italy.

TiO is employed as both photocatalytic and structural materials, leading to its applications in external coatings or in interior furnishing devices, including cement mortar, tiles, floorings, and glass supports. The authors have already demonstrated the efficiency of photoactive micro-sized TiO and here its industrial use is reported using the digital printing to coat porcelain grés slabs. Many advantages are immediately evident, namely rapid and precise deposition, no waste of raw materials, thus positively affecting the economy of the process. Data for the thin films deposited by digital printing were compared with those obtained for the conventional spray method. The use of metal-doped TiO is also reported so that the photoactivity of these materials can be exploited even under LED light. The digital inkjet printed coatings exhibited superior photocatalytic performance owing to both higher exposed surface area and greater volume of deposited anatase, as well as the greater areal distribution density of thinly and thickly coated regions. Moreover, the presence of TiO doped silver increased the efficiency of the materials in NOx degradation both under UVA and LED lights.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-05218-7DOI Listing
December 2019

Simultaneous photodegradation of VOC mixture by TiO powders.

Chemosphere 2018 Feb 5;193:198-206. Epub 2017 Nov 5.

GranitiFiandre SpA, Via Ghiarola Nuova 119, 42014 Castellarano, Italy.

Volatile and semi volatile organic compounds' concentration have dramatically increased in indoor environments in recent years. UV light promotes titanium dioxide, which oxidises various molecules; however, most of the studies report the degradation of a single VOC. Here, we investigate the photo-oxidation of 17 molecules in mixture to have a realistic test of TiO efficacy. We compare P25, a nanometric catalyst, and 1077, a micrometric sample, that poses less health concerns. A proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer measured online the concentration of all the pollutants simultaneously. Aldehydes compete for the adsorption on both the catalyst's active sites and thus they degrade 70% and 55% with P25 and 1077 respectively. Considering the single pollutant oxidation, instead, aldehydes fully oxidize. Even though benzene is recalcitrant to degradation, P25 and 1077 reduced toluene's concentration to 97% and 96% in 55 min, respectively. Acetonitrile is refractory to photocatalysis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.11.003DOI Listing
February 2018

Micro-sized TiO as photoactive catalyst coated on industrial porcelain grès tiles to photodegrade drugs in water.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2018 Jul 27;25(21):20348-20353. Epub 2017 Apr 27.

GranitiFiandre SpA, Via Radici Nord 112, 42014, Castellarano, Italy.

Pharmaceutical compounds and their metabolites raise worrying questions because of their continuous release and lack of efficient removal by conventional wastewater treatments; therefore, they are being detected in groundwater, surface water and drinking water in increasing concentrations. Paracetamol and aspirin are two of the most commonly used drugs employed as fever reducer, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. They and their metabolites are very often found in river water, so their degradation is necessary in order to render water suitable for human consumption. The present work is focused on the comparison of the photocatalytic performance of industrial active grés porcelain tiles covered with a commercial micro-sized TiO by industrial process using either conventional spray deposition or innovative digital printing methods. The photodegradation of two commonly used drugs, namely aspirin and paracetamol, was investigated both individually and as a mixture, in both deionized and tap water. The results reveal the full conversion of the drugs and the significant role of the photocatalytic tiles in the mineralization processes leading to harmless inorganic species. In particular, the digitally printed tiles exhibited better photodegradation performance for both drugs compared to the spray deposited tiles. No deactivation was observed on both photocatalytic tiles.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-9066-6DOI Listing
July 2018

Aspirin and paracetamol removal using a commercial micro-sized TiO catalyst in deionized and tap water.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2017 May 21;24(14):12646-12654. Epub 2016 Oct 21.

GranitiFiandre SpA, Via Radici Nord 112, 42014, Castellarano, Italy.

Micro-sized TiO catalyst was employed to degrade pharmaceutical compounds, i.e. aspirin and paracetamol, two of the most widely used drugs, purchasable without prescription. Their active agents, acetylsalicylic acid and acetaminophen, are characterized by different substituent groups, linked to the aromatic ring, which affect both the photodegradation and mineralization processes. The experimental conditions highlight the relationship between the nature of the pristine molecules, their degradation mechanisms, their mutual interference and the water's role. The research started from model systems with a single pollutant to the mixture of them and finally by moving from deionized water to tap water.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-016-7781-zDOI Listing
May 2017

Copper NPs decorated titania: A novel synthesis by high energy US with a study of the photocatalytic activity under visible light.

Ultrason Sonochem 2016 Jul 15;31:295-301. Epub 2016 Jan 15.

GranitiFiandre SpA, Castellarano (MO), Italy.

The most important drawback of the use of TiO2 as photocatalyst is its lack of activity under visible light. To overcome this problem, the surface modification of commercial micro-sized TiO2 by means of high-energy ultrasound (US), employing CuCl2 as precursor molecule to obtain both metallic copper as well as copper oxides species at the TiO2 surface, is here. We have prepared samples with different copper content, in order to evaluate its impact on the photocatalytic performances of the semiconductor, and studied in particular the photodegradation in the gas phase of some volatile organic molecules (VOCs), namely acetone and acetaldehyde. We used a LED lamp in order to have only the contribution of the visible wavelengths to the TiO2 activation (typical LED lights have no emission in the UV region). We employed several techniques (i.e., HR-TEM, XRD, FT-IR and UV-Vis) in order to characterize the prepared samples, thus evidencing different sample morphologies as a function of the various copper content, with a coherent correlation between them and the photocatalytic results. Firstly, we demonstrated the possibility to use US to modify the TiO2, even when it is commercial and micro-sized as well; secondly, by avoiding completely the UV irradiation, we confirmed that pure TiO2 is not activated by visible light. On the other hand, we showed that copper metal and metal oxides nanoparticles strongly and positively affect its photocatalytic activity.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2016.01.015DOI Listing
July 2016
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