Special Issue "Photocatalysts for Organics Degradation"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Barbara Bonelli

Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, I-10129 Turin, Italy
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Interests: nanoporous catalysts; physical-chemistry; heterogeneous catalysis; dyes degradation; Advanced Oxidation Processes
Guest Editor
Dr. Maela Manzoli

Department of Drug Science and Technology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 9, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Interests: Morphological and spectroscopic characterization of heterogeneous catalysts
Guest Editor
Dr. Francesca S. Freyria

Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States
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Interests: synthesis and characterization of heterostructured nanocrystals
Guest Editor
Dr. Serena Esposito

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Via G. Di Biasio 43, Cassino, FR, Italy
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Interests: Sol-gel synthesis of porous inorganic system; thin film by dip-coating, metal-ceramic composite from zeolite precursors, heterogeneous catalysis, pesticides adsorption for water remediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Issue is devoted to papers concerning the synthesis, the physico-chemical properties and the performance of photo-catalysts for the degradation of organic pollutants. Research papers, reviews and perspectives dealing with the photo-catalytic degradation of most common organic pollutants (dyes, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) are welcome, as well as papers dealing with the removal of emerging ones, like drugs and their metabolites. Authors are encouraged to enlighten several aspects, including the synthesis of novel photocatalysts (hybrid materials, quantum dots, colloidal nanoparticles, doped mesostructured materials, etc..), the optimization of processes utilizing state-of-art photocatalysts and the influence of the physico-chemical properties of the photocatalyst on its final performance. Since one of the main issues related to the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants is their actual mineralization as well as the formation of by-products that can be per se harmful, a number of papers dealing with the correct determination of mineralization as with the detection of such by-products is expected.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Bonelli
Dr. Maela Manzoli
Dr. Francesca S. Freyria
Dr. Serena Esposito
Guest Editors

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  • Novel synthesis of photocatalysts
  • Water remediation
  • Organic pollutants degradation
  • Harmful by-products
  • Advanced Oxidation processes
  • Physico-chemical properties of photocatalysts
  • Fenton, Fenton-like and photo-Fenton processes
  • Scale-up of photocatalytic processes
  • Detection of degradation products
  • Mineralization/Decoloration

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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