Novel Nano-Heterojunctions with Enhanced Catalytic Activity

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanostructured Catalysts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 1008

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Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130, China
Interests: advanced oxidation proces, nanotechnology, carbon dioxide reduction, photoelectric water decomposition for hydrogen production; recycling/reuse catalysis
School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130, China
Interests: photoelectrocatalysis; graphene; blackphosphorous; 2D MOFs; nano heterojunction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Catalysts is launching a new Special Issue entitled “Novel Nano-Heterojunctions with Enhanced Catalytic Activity”. In the past few decades, nano heterojunction materials, including but not limited to type I heterojunction, type II heterojunction, S-scheme heterojunction, Z-scheme heterojunction, p-n heterojunction, Schottky heterojunction, etc., have attracted great interest in the fields of energy conversion and storage, environmental remediation and catalytic fields because of their striking properties. Although the application of various nano heterojunction materials in the catalytic field has been reported, there are still many challenges to be considered develop catalytic materials with high stability, high efficiency and selectivity.

We are very pleased to invite you to submit your manuscript to the Special Issue “Novel Nano-heterojunctions with Enhanced Catalytic Activity” to share the basic and applied research of environmental catalysis related to innovative methods, characterization and mechanism research. The topics covered by this Special Issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Advanced oxidation process;
  • Biocatalysis;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Carbon dioxide reduction;
  • Photoelectric water decomposition for hydrogen production;
  • Recycling/reuse catalysis.

We welcome authors to submit original contributions to our Special Issue in the form of research articles, opinion articles, review articles and short communications.

Dr. Yongfang Yang
Dr. Kai Ge
Guest Editors

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  • heterojunction
  • photocatalysis
  • nanomaterials
  • clean energy
  • advanced oxidation process
  • biocatalysis

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S-Scheme Heterojunction Photocatalysts for CO2 Reduction
by Mingli Li, He Cui, Yi Zhao, Shunli Li, Jiabo Wang, Kai Ge and Yongfang Yang
Catalysts 2024, 14(6), 374; - 12 Jun 2024
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Photocatalytic technology, which is regarded as a green route to transform solar energy into chemical fuels, plays an important role in the fields of energy and environmental protection. An emerging S-scheme heterojunction with the tightly coupled interface, whose photocatalytic efficiency exceeds those of [...] Read more.
Photocatalytic technology, which is regarded as a green route to transform solar energy into chemical fuels, plays an important role in the fields of energy and environmental protection. An emerging S-scheme heterojunction with the tightly coupled interface, whose photocatalytic efficiency exceeds those of conventional type II and Z-scheme photocatalysts, has received much attention due to its rapid charge carrier separation and strong redox capacity. This review provides a systematic description of S-scheme heterojunction in the photocatalysis, including its development, reaction mechanisms, preparation, and characterization methods. In addition, S-scheme photocatalysts for CO2 reduction are described in detail by categorizing them as 0D/1D, 0D/2D, 0D/3D, 2D/2D, and 2D/3D. Finally, some defects of S-scheme heterojunctions are pointed out, and the future development of S-scheme heterojunctions is proposed. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol by palladium enhanced coal fly ash
Authors: Hao Zhang; Huajun Xu; Man Xie; Pengfei Sun; Xiaoping Dong
Affiliation: School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Surface & Interface Science of Polymer Materials of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018, China.
Abstract: The presence of fly ash as a form of solid waste poses detrimental effects on the environment, thus necessitating effective means to enhance its value through reuse. Herein, treatment of CFA with hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide substantially enhanced the physicochemical characteristics of CFA. Sequential introduction of Pd(II) precursor and sodium borohydride into the suspension led to the formation of palladium nanoparticles (Pd-CFA) on the surface of CFA. The catalytic reduction activity was examined for p-nitrophenol (p-NP) using this palladium-loaded fly ash, wherein experimental results evinced that the presence of palladium nanoparticles significantly augmented the catalytic reduction efficacy.T he physicochemical properties, reaction process parameters and reaction mechanism of the catalyst will be clearly investigated.

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