Instructor :
Dr. Mohammad Abu Haija
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Several techniques have been utilized to remove organic pollutants from industrial wastewaters. Among various wastewater treatment techniques, the advanced oxidation process (AOP) shows a high potential for the catalytic degradation of organic pollutants in water. The AOP is a safe and effective method to completely degrade organic pollutants by the generation of highly reactive free hydroxyl radical and leads to mineralization of CO2, H2O and mineral acids.

Ferrites of the formula MFe2O4 (M is a divalent metal cation) are very promising catalysts for AOPs. Ferrites will be considered in this project because of their low cost, high activity, and efficient recyclability and reuse. They are used in different applications including biomedicine, gas sensors, super magnetic materials, microwave technology, and hydrogen production. . Their chemical and physical properties can be adjusted by using proper routes for the synthesis. Various methods can be used to prepare ferrite materials such as microwave, hydrothermal, sol-gel, and co-precipitation methods
This project aims at developing ferrite nanoparticles that can be used to effectively degrade organic pollutants in wastewater. Different synthetic techniques will be considered to prepare highly pure ferrite nanoparticles to explore their catalytic activities in AOP.

Expected outcome from the Student's work
  1. Develop selected ferrites MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Mg, Cr) using different techniques such as hydrothermal and sol-gel auto-combustion methods.
  2. Characterize the catalysts’ composition, morphology, crystallinity, and purity using XRD, FTIR, SEM, TGA, BET and Raman.
Terms & conditions

B.Sc. in Chemistry / B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering students.