AIR POLLUTANTS MITIGATION BY USING VARIOUS FORMS OF PHOTOCATALYTIC CEMENTITIOUS COATINGS MATERIALS

Ayat Hussein, Riyad H. Al Anbari, Maan S. Hassan

Abstract


Nitric oxide generated from various sources like car combustion is one of the most surrounding pollutants, which can be transferred from one form to another in the presence of sunlight. Titanium dioxide considered one of the most environmentally friendly active photocatalytics that can be used with building materials safely and effectively to react with nitric oxides.
To study the possibility for the reduction of air pollutants like nitric oxides, two types of substrates coatings were prepared. First, mixing nano particles of TiO2 with cement paste in two percents 3% and 6%. Second, mortar substrates coated with nano TiO2 aqueous solution. Two coating methods have been used dip and spray. A laboratory test procedure was adopted to assess the performance of the prepared photoactive specimens. The specimens were subjected to NO gas and there efficiency in gas removal was monitored with time.
Results showed the effectivity of coating building materials with titanium dioxide, the removal of gaseous pollutants like nitric oxide reached to 98.85% when spary and dip methods are used. Mixing nano titanium with a percent of 3% was also efficient in the removal of nitric oxides, the removal reached to 97%. It was concluded that spray method was more practical to be used.


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