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Title: Hybrid Ni@ZnO@ZnS-Microalgae for circular economy: A smart route to the efficient integration of solar photocatalytic water decontamination and bioethanol production
Author: Serrà i Ramos, Albert
Artal López, Raúl
Garcia Amorós, Jaume
Sepúlveda, Borja
Gómez, Elvira
Nogués, Josep
Philippe, Laetitia
Keywords: Fotocatàlisi
Depuració de l'aigua
Water purification
Issue Date: 12-Dec-2019
Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag
Abstract: Water remediation and development of carbon-neutral fuels are priority objectives of our evermore industrialized society. The answer to these challenges should be simple, sustainable, and inexpensive. Thus, biomimetic-inspired circular and holistic processes combing water remediation and biofuel production can be an appealing concept to deal with these global issues. A simple circular approach using helical Spirulina platensis microalgae as biotemplates to synthesize Ni@ZnO@ZnS photocatalysts for efficient solar water decontamination and bioethanol production during the recycling process is presented. Under solar irradiation, the Ni@ZnO@ZnS-Spirulina photocatalyst exhibited enhanced activity (mineralization efficiency > 99%) with minimal photocorrosion and excellent reusability. At the end of its effective lifetime for water remediation, the microalgae skeleton (mainly glycogen and glucose) of the photocatalyst was recycled to directly produce bioethanol by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation process. An outstanding ethanol yield of 0.4 L kg-1, which is similar to the highest yield obtained from oxygenic photosynthetic microorganisms, was obtained. Thus, the entire process allows effective solar photocatalytic water remediation and bioethanol production at room temperature using simple and easily scalable procedures that simultaneously fixes carbon dioxide, thereby constituting a zero-carbon-emission circular process.
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It is part of: Advanced Science, 2019, vol. 6, p. 1902447
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ISSN: 2198-3844
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