Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

Gianluca Li Puma

Gianluca Lipuma

Professor Gianluca Li Puma

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Nanocatalysis & Photoreaction Engineering

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Gianluca Li Puma is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Loughborough University. His academic qualification include: Laurea, Chemical Engineering (University of Palermo, Italy, 1992) MPhil, Chemical Engineering (University of Bath, 1993) PhD, Chemical Engineering (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1996). This was followed by a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at HKUST on photocatalysis & photoreaction engineering research. From 2000-2010 he was Assistant and Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham.

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Research interests and activities

Gianluca Li Puma performs research in the fields of (i) sustainable water engineering and treatment, (ii) environmental nanocatalysis and semiconductor photocatalysis, (iii) advanced oxidation processes for the removal of emerging contaminants (Photocatalysis, Fenton, Photo-Fenton, Ozonation, Photo-Assisted AOTs),  (iv) drinking water treatment, (v) photoreaction engineering, design and modeling, (vi) solar engineering and solar energy conversion, (vii) solar fuels and hydrogen production, (viii) treatment and purification of indoor air.

He holds a portfolio of research grants in photocatalysis including a 1 Million Euro grant from EON on production of green hydrogen from solar energy, EPSRC GR/R19427, EPSRC GR/S77875, NATO SfP-977986 "Preparation and performance of porous electro-and photo-catalytic coatings" (University of Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, University of Thessaloniki), NATO CBP.EAP.SFPP-982835 " Nanomaterials for photochemical and photoelectrochemical purification processes" (University of Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, University of Thessaloniki), Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Award " A novel commercial-scale photocatalytic reactor for purification of contaminated air" and a £700K EU 5th Framework project with Spain (University of Tarragona), Greece (University of Patras) and industrial partners: Innocuous, QLK1-CT-2002-01678.

At the University teaches undergraduate courses in the fields of (i) Chemical Reaction Engineering (ii) Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis (iii) Heat Transfer Integration and Project Planning. He also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the execution of design and R&D projects, and MPhil/PhD postgraduate research students.

  • Hydrogen from Solar Energy and Biomass Waste (Sponsor: EON, Germany - 1 M Euro, project coordinator, in collaboration with University of Patras, Greece)

  • Nanomaterials for Photochemical and Photoelectrochemical Purification Processes (NATO CBP.EAP.SFPP 982835 - 300,000 Euro: in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; University of Sofia, Bulgaria; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

  • Nano-Sized Photocatalysts for Utilization of Solar Light (National Science Fund, Bulgaria - 200,000 BGN: in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; University of Sofia, Bulgaria; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

  • A Novel Commercial-Scale Photocatalytic Reactor for Purification of Contaminated Indoor Air (in collaboration with Prof. Destaillats, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, USA)

  • TiO2/Carbon Nanotubes Composites for Environmental Applications (in collaboration with Prof. Chen and Prof. Mokaya at the University of Nottingham)

  • Synthesis, Characterization and Evaluation of Immobilized Nanostructured Oxides Photocatalysts for Indoor Air Purification (in collaboration with Prof. Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati, USA)

  • Treatment of Wastewater by Ultrasound and Photocatalysis (in collaboration with Prof. Awang and Prof. Duduku, University of Malaysia Sabah)

  • Treatment of Wastewater by Solar Photocatalysis (in collaboration with Prof. Rao, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, India)

  • Pilot Plant Ozonation of Cork Manufacturing Wastewater (EU FP5 QLK1-CT-2002-01678 INNOCUOUS - 979,664 Euro: in collaboration with the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain; University of Patras, Greece; Alvaro Coelho & Irmaos, Portugal; Ampeloniki, Greece) INNOCUOUS website

  • Preparation and Performance of Porous Electro-and Photo-Catalytic Coatings for Application on Indoor Air Purification and Water Detoxification (NATO SfP-977986 - 247,000 Euro: in collaboration with Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; University of Sofia, Bulgaria; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

  • A Photocatalytic Mop Fan for Air Cleaning (EPSRC GR/S77875 - £ 269,390: in collaboration with Prof. Riffat, Dr Etheridge, The University of Nottingham)

  • Destruction of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (Pesticides, Oestrogens, Pharmaceuticals) by Advanced Oxidation Processes (Photocatalysis, Fenton, Photo-Fenton, UV-Peroxidation, UV-Ozonation) (EPSRC GR/R19427/01 - £60,677)

  • Degradation of Endocrine Disrupting Substances in Water by Heterogenous Photocatalysis (UoN Research Committee NLF 1755 -  £20,000)

  • Photo-assisted Fenton Oxidation: Process and Process Economics Assessment (QinetiQ)

  • Photocatalytic Destruction of Toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Indoor Air by Thin Film Nanostructured Photocatalysts and Visible Solar Radiation (British Council)

  • Flooding in Co-Current Two-Phase Flow (Avecia, UK)

  • Solar-Powered Fountain Photocatalytic Reactor for Water Purification (in collaboration with Prof. Yue, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, China) Research TV: Fountain in action

  • Flow-Through, Flat-Plate, Gas Phase Photocatalytic Reactor for Reaction Kinetics Studies (EPSRC GR/S77875; NATO SFP SfP-977986)

  • Design and Modelling of Pilot-Plant Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Reactors (Annular, Falling Film, Fountain) for Water Purification (in collaboration with Prof. Yue, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, China; Prof. Brucato, Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy)

  • Design and Modelling of Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Reactors (Flat-Plate, Monoliths, Waveguide) for Indoor Air Purification (in collaboration with Prof. Brucato, Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Italy)

  • Monte Carlo Radiation Field Optimization in Photocatalytic Monolith Reactors for Air Treatment (in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India) AIChE J. 2007

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling of Photocatalytic Air Purifiers (in collaboration with Dr Hargreaves, The University of Nottingham)Environ. Sci. Technol. 2007
  • Li Puma, G., Puddu, V., Tsang, H.K., Gora, A., Toepfer, B. 
    Photocatalytic oxidation of multicomponent mixtures of estrogens (estrone (E1), 17β-estradiol (E2), 17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2) and estriol (E3)) under UVA and UVC radiation: Photon absorption, quantum yields and rate constants independent of photon absorption 
    Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 99 (2010) 388-397.

  • Daskalaki, V.M., Antoniadou, M., Li Puma, G., Kondarides, D.I., Lianos, P. 
    Solar light-responsive Pt/CdS/TiO2 photocatalysts for hydrogen production and simultaneous degradation of inorganic or organic sacrificial agents in wastewater Environmental Science and Technology, 44 (2010) 7200-7205.

  • Colina-Márquez, J., Machuca-Martínez, F., Li Puma, G.
    Radiation absorption and optimization of solar photocatalytic reactors for environmental applications Environmental Science and Technology, 44 (2010) 5112-5120.

  • Quici, N., Vera, M.L., Choi, H., Li Puma, G., Dionysiou, D.D., Litter, M.I., Destaillats, H.
    Effect of key parameters on the photocatalytic oxidation of toluene at low concentrations in air under 254 + 185 nm UV irradiation Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 95 (2010) 312-319.

  • Puddu, V., Choi, H., Dionysiou, D.D., Li Puma, G.
    TiO2 photocatalyst for indoor air remediation: Influence of crystallinity, crystal phase, and UV radiation intensity on trichloroethylene degradation Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 94 (2010) 211-218.

  • Colina-Márquez, J., Machuca-Martínez, F., Li Puma, G.
    Photocatalytic mineralization of commercial herbicides in a pilot-scale solar CPC reactor: Photoreactor modeling and reaction kinetics constants independent of radiation field Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (2009) 8953-8960.

  • Gao, B., Chen, G.Z., Li Puma, G.
    Carbon nanotubes/titanium dioxide (CNTs/TiO2) nanocomposites prepared by conventional and novel surfactant wrapping sol-gel methods exhibiting enhanced photocatalytic activity Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 89 (2009) 503-509.

  • Gao, B., Peng, C., Chen, G.Z., Li Puma, G. 
    Photo-electro-catalysis enhancement on carbon nanotubes/titanium dioxide (CNTs/TiO2) composite prepared by a novel surfactant wrapping sol-gel method Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 85 (2008) 17-23.

  • Puddu, V., Mokaya, R., Li Puma, G.
    Novel one step hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2/WO3 nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity Chemical Communications, 45 (2007) 4749-4751.

  • Li Puma, G., Brucato, A.
    Dimensionless analysis of slurry photocatalytic reactors using two-flux and six-flux radiation absorption-scattering models Catalysis Today, 122 (2007) 78-90.

  • Singh, M., Salvadó-Estivill, I., Li Puma, G.
    Radiation field optimization in photocatalytic monolith reactors for air treatment AIChE Journal, 53 (2007) 678-686.

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