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Photochemical Purification of Water and Air: Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) - Principles, Reaction Mechanisms, Reactor Concepts

Photochemical Purification of Water and Air: Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) - Principles, Reaction Mechanisms, Reactor Concepts

Thomas Oppenländer

ISBN: 978-3-527-61088-4

Apr 2007

383 pages


While the treatment of water and exhaust gas using ultraviolet (UV) light offers both ecological and economic advantages, information on photo-initiated advanced oxidation technologies (AOTs) has been dispersed among various journals and proceedings until now. This authoritative and comprehensive handbook is the first to cover both the photochemical fundamentals and practical applications, including a description of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) and process engineering of suitable photoreactors. The author presents various real-world examples, including economic aspects, while many references to current scientific literature facilitate access to current research topics relevant for water and air industries. Throughout, over 140 detailed figures visualize photochemical and photophysical phenomena, and help in interpreting important research results.

From the foreword by James R. Bolton (President of Bolton Photosciences Inc., Executive Director of the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA)): "Prof. Oppenländer is well qualified to write about the AOPs/AOTs, since he has contributed to this literature in a very significant manner. This book will be of considerable value to graduate students, science and engineering faculty, scientists, process engineers and sales engineers in industry, government regulators and health professionals."

AOPs and AOTs.

Why UV and Oxidation/Disinfection?

Interaction of UV/VIS Radiation with Matter.

VUV and UV Radiant Sources and their Characteristics.

Photochemical Processes of Water Treatment.

Properties, Reactivity and Photochemistry of Auxiliary Chemicals.

Photooxidation and Photomineralization of Organic Matter in Water and Air.

Process Engineering and Reactor Concepts.

UV Disinfection.

Alternative Glossary.

Glossary of Terms Used in Photochemistry.


"Dr. Oppenländer's book is a landmark treatise on principles and potential applications of AOPs, and constitutes a very useful tool and resource for researchers, engineers and students involved in the development and/or implementation of photo-induced processes to the environmental decontamination from manmade toxic pollutants." (EPA Newsletter)

"...the reviewer recommends this book at all students, engineers, and entrepreneurs who are interested in and may get involved in the technical application of AOPs." (Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, Vol. 42)