Special Issue "Materials and Processes for (Photo)Electrocatalytic Removal of Bio-Refractory Pollutants and Emerging Contaminants from Waters"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Annalisa Vacca Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Chimica e dei Materiali, Università di Cagliari, Piazza D'armi, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: synthesis and characterization of materials for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical processes; electrocatalysis for wastewater treatment and energy production; electrochemical water treatment; functionalization of electrode materials with conducting polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water pollution from biorefractory pollutants and emerging contaminants is still a very topical worldwide problem. Examples of these pollutants include disinfection by-products, pharmaceutical and personal care products, persistent organic chemicals, as well as their degradation products. The occurrence of these contaminants in waters has raised increasing concern due to their accumulation and persistence in the environment and the threat to the ecological system and human health. Conventional water treatment processes are known to be generally inadequate for the elimination of these persistent contaminants. Thus, impressive efforts of the scientific community have been addressed to the development and characterization of materials and processes able to efficiently oxidize these compounds. Among the so-called advanced oxidation processes, the electrochemical and photoelectrochemical processes present such advantages as versatility, high energy efficiency, amenability of automation, and mild operating conditions with limited use of chemicals.

Therefore, this Special Issue focuses on the advancements on materials and processes for electro- and photoelectrochemical removal of biorefractory pollutants and emerging contaminants from waters. Therefore, synthesis, characterization, and application of materials as electrodes and photoelectrodes for the oxidation of contaminants, as well as the studies of catalytic processes, reaction kinetics, and modelling/simulation of reactions and processes are very welcome.

Prof. Annalisa Vacca
Guest Editor

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  • electrochemical oxidation
  • photoelectrocatalytic degradation
  • synthesis and characterization of electrodes
  • preparation and application of photoanodes
  • emerging contaminants
  • biorefractory pollutants

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Ttile: on the role of the anode and cathode for the electro-oxidation of perfluorooctanoic acid

Author: Karine Serrano <[email protected]>


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