Solar Water Treatment Technology

Chuanhao Li

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University

Abstract: Solar energy has drawn considerable attentions in environmental applications in recent years. The conventional water treatment processes are normally costly and energy-consuming. Developing solar energy-powered water treatment technology will be a promising solution. Our recent work involves two different types of solar water treatment processes. One is photocatalytic decomposition of pollutant molecules, and the other one is photothermal disinfection process. In photocatalytic process, developing novel broadspectrum-responsive semiconductor materials, constructing composite photocatalysts and inventing efficient synthetic approaches are investigated, respectively. In addition, we studied plasmonic-enabled photothermal disinfection process.


Fig. Solar Water Treatment Technology (a) Facet-dependent photoelectrochemial performance; (b) Near infrared light driven photocatalysis; (c) Plasmonic-enabled photothermal catalysis; (d) Photothermal disinfection

Biography: Chuanhao Li is currently Professor of Environmental Engineering at Sun Yat-Sen University. His areas of interest include: 1): Photocatalytic Materials for Environmental Application; 2) Nanomaterials-enabled Environmental Remediation. 3) Environmental Catalysis. Prof. Li received his B.S and M.S degrees in Applied Chemistry in China in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He got his PhD degree in Environmental Chemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. From 2013 to 2016, he worked as a research scientist in department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Yale University. He joined the department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Sun Yat-Sen University in October 2016 as a full professor. He has now authored 36 scientific papers (4 ESI highly cited papers) with total citation over 1200 times.