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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2014, Article ID 607954, 12 pages
Review Article

Recent Progress in TiO2-Mediated Solar Photocatalysis for Industrial Wastewater Treatment

1National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy, Shenhua NICE, P.O. Box 001, Future Science & Technology Park, Changping District, Beijing 102209, China
2Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia

Received 5 May 2014; Accepted 27 May 2014; Published 8 July 2014

Academic Editor: Qing Wang

Copyright © 2014 Tong Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The current paper reviews the application of TiO2-mediated solar photocatalysis for industrial wastewater treatment, starting with a brief introduction on the background of industrial wastewater and the development of wastewater treatment processes, especially advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). We, then, discuss the application of solar TiO2 photocatalysis in treating different kinds of industrial wastewater, such as paper mill wastewater, textile wastewater, and olive mill wastewater. In the end, we compare solar TiO2 photocatalysis with other AOPs in terms of effectiveness, energy, and chemical consumption. Personal perspectives are also given, which may provide new insights to the future development of TiO2 photocatalysis for industrial wastewater.