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Photocatalytic and superhydrophilic materials for applications in self-cleaning windows, anti-fogging lenses, antimicrobial surfaces, water-splitting and air purification has gained considerable interest throughout the past two decades, with industrial and academic R&D being undertaken. Despite more than 200,000 publications on the foremost photocatalyst, TiO2, there are a multitude of production and testing techniques employed, often resulting in conflicting results and claims. Opportunities to discuss these issues in a multi-disciplinary environment are limited and this 2 day workshop aims to address this by bringing together product end users with academics, industrialists and health professionals from across this field. This is the third workshop in this series.


  • Biomedical and environmental applications including antimicrobial surfaces and infection control measures; self-cleaning surfaces, water/air purification; water splitting;

  • Measurement of photocatalytic activity and superhydrophilic behaviour; film and particle characterisation techniques; approaches towards standardisation;

  • The production of titania-based photocatalytic and/or superhydrophilic coatings by PVD, CVD, ALD, sol-gel, etc.; industrial applications, scale-up, etc.;

  • The production of titania-based nano materials for inclusion in e.g. paints, polymers, solar cells, membranes and building products;

  • Alternative materials and new applications;


Invited speakers:






Photocatalytically active coatings on polymer substrates


Ralf Dillert

Institute of Technical Chemistry,
Leibniz University Hannover,
Hannover, Germany



Deposition of N-doped TiO2 coatings for visible light photocatalysis:comparison of low and atmospheric pressure plasma processes.


Jerome Pulpytel

Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, Laboratoire Interfaces et Systèmes Électrochimiques (LISE), Paris, France


Titania supported gold nanoparticles as photocatalysts


Hermenegildo Garcia

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, CSIC, Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ), Valencia, Spain.


Plasmon enhanced catalytic performance of TiO2-graphene nanocomposites


Dinko Chakarov

Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden



• Self-cleaning paints.


Josef Krysa

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic



• Potential Applications of TiO2 Photocatalysis for Food Packaging and Medical Implants


Pierre Pichat

Ecole Centrale de Lyon, CNRS, Lyon, France


Photocatalytic hydrogen production materials and devices


Elena Selli

Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy


• ZnO as photocatalytic material for construction applications


Mirela Petruta Suchea

“Al.I.Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania and Center of Materials Technology and Laser, School of Applied Technology, Technological Educational Institute ofCrete, Heraklion, Greece



Organising Committee:

Prof. Carlos Tavares, University of Minho, Portugal – Conference Chair

Prof. Peter Kelly, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


Scientific Committee:

Prof. Carlos Tavares, University of Minho, Portugal

Prof. Peter Kelly, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dr. Glen West, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Prof. Jo Verran, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Prof. Paulo Coutinho, University of Minho, Portugal

Prof. Adélio Mendes, University of Porto, Portugal

Prof. Joaquim Faria,  University of Porto, Portugal

Dr. Adrián Silva, University of Porto, Portugal