Photocatalytic inactivation of Cryptosporidium parvum with TiO2 and low-pressure ultraviolet irradiation

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This study investigated the efficacy of low-pressure ultraviolet (UV) irradiation and the synergistic effect of UV/titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysis on Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst inactivation. At UV doses of 2.7, 8.0, and 40 mJ/cm2, oocyst inactivation was 1.3, 2.6, and 3.3 log10, respectively. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by longwave UV radiation (>315 nm) and TiO2 achieved less than 0.28-log inactivation. However, the synergistic effect of germicidal (254 nm) UV and TiO2 resulted in 2-log and 3-log oocyst inactivation with 4.0 and 11.0 mJ/cm2, respectively. Therefore, using TiO2 in combination with UV reduced the dose requirement for 3-log inactivation by 56%. An approximate 1-log decrease in inactivation of oocysts was observed with nanopure water in comparison to buffered water, whereas changes in pH from 6 to 8 had little effect on the photocatalytic inactivation of oocysts in either matrix (P>0.1).


Cryptosporidium parvum; Cryptosporidium inactivation; Integrated cell culture quantitative PCR; Photocatalysis; Titanium dioxide; UV/TiO2 photocatalysis; Water — Purification — Photocatalysis; Water — Purification — Ultraviolet treatment


Chemistry | Environmental Engineering | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Water Resource Management


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Hodon Ryu, Daniel Gerrity, John C. Crittenden, Morteza Abbaszadegan, Photocatalytic inactivation of Cryptosporidium parvum with TiO2 and low-pressure ultraviolet irradiation, Water Research, Volume 42, Issues 6–7, March 2008, Pages 1523-1530, ISSN 0043-1354, 10.1016/j.watres.2007.10.037.

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