In order to achieve the sustainable use of water resources, it is necessary to increase the volume of water recovered. For an effluent of suitable quality for different uses allowed to use regenerated water, it is necessary to reduce the persistent pathogenic and contaminating microorganisms content. This could be achieved by the proper development of photocatalytic processes.

The aim of the FOTOCAT network is to make significant progress in the development of photocatalytic reaction materials and systems for the treatment and re-use of sewage.

The research teams comprising FOTOCAT (URV, U. Extremadura, U. Ramon Llull, U. Rey Juan Carlos, U. Politécnica de Valencia, U. Almeria, PSA-CIEMAT and ICRA) have a comprehensive network of years of experience in composing new catalytic materials, photocatalytic design, and the implementation of these processes in the treatment and reuse of reactor wastewater to meet the challenges identified for industrial application.

The scientific progress resulting from the activities of the FOTOCAT network will contribute to R & D + i projects both at the European (Social H2020-Reto 5, Water CIP) and the Situation (Spanish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation, Research Oriented to the challenges of society) and regional (especially RIS3 strategies). The various actions planned to take place in the next two years will help educate young researchers in the application of photocatalytic processes for water treatment and the need for reuse for sustainable use, the R + D + i leadership for young people researchers, the application of photocatalysis for water treatment industrial scale and to increase the impact and international visibility of Spanish teams in this field, both in European and Iberian America.

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