Toluene degradation in a LEDā€based photocatalytic reactor

In the last few years, several studies have reported the feasibility of using UV-Light emitting diodes (UV-LEDs) as a light source for photocatalytic applications in both gas and liquid phases. LEDs are nontoxic, energy-efficient, compact and can be applied flexibly.

A mathematical model for a LED-based photocatalytic reactor, including radiation field model and mass balance, has been developed. Mathematical models are efficient tools to analyze, optimize and scale-up chemical reactors. This master project objective is to evaluate the effect of lighting design parameters on the performance of the reactor experimentally and to compare the experimental results with the model results in order to validate the model.