Special Issue "Application of Photoactive Nanomaterials in Degradation of Pollutants"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018
Dr. Roberto Comparelli
National Research Council–Institute for Physical Chemical Processes (CNR-IPCF), Bari, Italy
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Interests: application of photoactive materials in degradation of organic/inorganic pollutants in water and gas matrices; NC incorporation in polymer matrices, application in optoelectronic, self-assembly, biological and environmental fields
Photoactive nanomaterials are receiving increasing attention due to their potential application in light-driven degradation of water and gas-phase pollutants.
The ability to exploit the strong potential of photoactive materials and access their properties relies on the ability to tune their size/shape dependent chemical-physical properties and on the ability to integrate them in photo-reactors or to deposit them on large surfaces. Therefore, the synthetic approach, as well as the post-synthesis manipulation could strongly affect the final photocatalytic properties of the nanomaterials. Thus far, a plethora of nanomaterials have been proposed for the degradation of pollutants driven by UV or Visible light: semiconductors, plasmonic nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, hybrid nanocatalysts merging the properties of different crystalline domain and nanocomposite based on nanoparticles dispersed in suitable host matrix. One of the major concern in the large-scale application of nanomaterial assisted photocatalytic processes is to avoid the release of nanocatalysts in the environment during or after the photocatalytic treatment, therefore the immobilization of nanocatalyst onto suitable supports is a key point to promote their practical application.
The potential application of photoactive nanomaterials in environmental field includes abatement of organic pollutant in water, water disinfection and abatement of gas-phase pollutants in outdoor and indoor applications.
We invite contributors to submit original papers that account for recent advances in the field of photoactive nanomaterials for the degradation of pollutants assisted by UV, visible or solar light.
Dr. Roberto Comparelli
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- photoactive nanomaterials synthesis
- supported photocatalysts
- advanced oxidation processes
- water treatments
- water disinfection
- recalcitrant pollutants
- gas-phase pollutants