Special Issue "Photocatalysts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2013)
Photocatalysis is a term that combines the basic notion of a catalyst that enhances rate without being consumed with the notion that the reaction is induced and/or accelerated by photons. Focused primarily on heterogeneous processes using “semiconductor” photocatalysts, it has evolved in three phases. The first generation (1975–1985) focused primarily on the studies providing understanding of the illuminated semiconductor/solution interface. The second phase featured work on polycrystalline thin films, doping semiconductors for visible light, dye sensitization, and exploration of the scope of photocatalysis. In the third generation period since 2000, photocatalysis research has continued to expand so that in the 2006–2010 period publications on photocatalysts exceeded those aimed at energy conversion, 16,757 to 12,811. This period has seen two fundamental principles, the special properties of the nanoscale and the power of self-organization, converge to provide a new conceptual platform on which to construct photocatalysts. At this time stimulating work is being done on problems associated with each of these phases, often combining emphases. This special issue invites significant contributions of all of these types plus contributions that show the power of homogeneous systems. It is hoped that it can catalyse communication between researchers in the hybrid area of photocatalysis and the larger catalysis community.
Prof. Dr. Cooper H. Langford
Prof. Dr. Bunsho Ohtani
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- band gap
- band edge
- hole transfer
- electron capture
- dye sensitization
- photocatalyst doping
- homogeneous photocatalysis