Objective: Clean air is essential to people’s health and that of the environment. Since the industrial revolution, however, the quality of the air that people breathe has deteriorated considerably - mainly as a result of human activities. The need to deliver cleaner air has been recognized for several decades with action having been taken at national and EU levels. The LIFE+ project PhotoPaq as “Photocatalytic remediation Processes on Air Quality”, aims at providing new solutions for improving urban air quality. This will be achieved by demonstrating the usefulness of photocatalytic materials for the abatement of air pollution in the urban environment.

LHTEE Contribution: LHTEE will be responsible for the realization of a modelling campaign whose main aim will be to predict the depollution effectiveness of the TiO2 based photocatalytic coatings which will be tested during the two field trials which will be carried out within the frame of the PhotoPaq project. This activity is expected to produce the following outcomes:

  • Identify the distribution of the concentration levels of the pollutants of interest along the surfaces which will be treated with the photocatalytic coatings in the two field trial locations.
  • Estimate the depollution effectiveness of the samples which will be tested.
  • Identify the optimum locations for the placement of the measuring equipment.

Funded by: EC, under the LIFE+ (2007-2013) programme

Major Partners:

  1. Institut de Recherche sur la Catalyse et l'Environnment de Lyon (IRCELYON)
  2. Institut de Combustion, Aérothermique, Reactivité et Environnement (ICARE)
  3. Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT)
  4. Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany (BUW)
  5. CTG Italcementi Group
  7. The LISA Laboratory