Photocatalytic active matter for collection and degradation of microplastics
The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is pleased to present a seminar with Juliane Simmchen, Associate Professor (Reader) from the University of Strathclyde and TU Dresden.
This seminar is titled "Polysaccharides-based hydrogels and films containing nanocapsules for drug delivery," and will be held on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM in QNC 1501. Registration is required!
Environmental contamination is a major global challenge, and especially emerging pollutants such as microplastics have gained global attention. Since there is no large scale solution for microplastic removal once present in a water body, several new technologies are being discussed to help solve this problem. Among them are self-propelled, photocatalytic micromotors, that have proven to effectively collect passive colloids into raft-like structures, a strategy that works beautifully on the microscope scale. To shift this approach further towards application, we develop scalable micromotors that combine the ability to collect microplastics with the photocatalytic degradation of polymeric materials.