Photocatalysis and Renewable Materials, 2nd Edition

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

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Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Interests: environmental analysis; emerging pollutants; carbon materials; sample treatment; renewable energy; photocatalysis; green hydrogen production
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Dear Colleagues,

This is the second edition of the Special Issue titled “Photocatalysis and Renewable Materials”. Modern science can no longer do without taking into consideration the protection of the environment and the intelligent use of natural resources, also in the context of a circular economy. From this point of view, photocatalysis is an excellent candidate to be included in sustainable chemistry. The use of renewable materials, both directly for the preparation of the catalyst or indirectly for fuel production or depollution, united for the possible use of solar light, is the main purpose of this Special Issue. Topics can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fuel production (i.e., hydrogen) from renewable resources;
  • Sustainable (hybrid) photocatalysts;
  • Nano and nanostructured materials;
  • Photocatalytic water treatment and renewable energy applications;
  • Photocatalytic water oxidation and reduction assisted by waste sacrificial donors;
  • Photocatalytic CO2 reduction into renewable fuels.

Dr. Daniele Dondi
Dr. Dhanalakshmi Vadivel
Dr. Andrea Speltini
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Keywords

  • catalysts
  • photocatalysis
  • photocatalytic hydrogen and fuel production
  • photocatalytic industrial waste treatment
  • photocatalytic wastewater treatment
  • catalyst preparation and characterization from renewables
  • fuel production from renewable materials

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Advancements in Materials Science and Photocatalysts for Sustainable Development
by Dhanalakshmi Vadivel, Swetha Suryakumar, Claudio Casella, Andrea Speltini and Daniele Dondi
Catalysts 2024, 14(6), 378; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14060378 - 14 Jun 2024
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Materials science and catalysis advancements play a critical role in achieving sustainable development by managing environmental, energy, and resource challenges. Catalyst design advancements focus on enhancing selectivity to achieve sustainable chemical reactions, reducing energy consumption. Designing catalysts that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable [...] Read more.
Materials science and catalysis advancements play a critical role in achieving sustainable development by managing environmental, energy, and resource challenges. Catalyst design advancements focus on enhancing selectivity to achieve sustainable chemical reactions, reducing energy consumption. Designing catalysts that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable is increasingly gaining importance. This aligns with the principles of green chemistry and contributes to minimizing the environmental impact of catalytic processes. These advances, taken as a whole, lead to more sustainable and efficient processes in industries ranging from energy production to pollutant removal, fueling the advancement toward a more sustainable future. Photochemistry, that is, the activation of a stable compound (catalyst) into the highly reactive excited state, is of particular importance, since photons—especially when they come from solar light—are a green and renewable resource. This review article has provided the overall idea of the photocatalysts and materials under green chemistry perspective from the standpoint of the concept of sustainable development. Full article
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Layered Double Hydroxide-Based Photocatalysts for the Removal of Emerging Contaminants: Progress in Past Ten Years
by Lingfeng Luo, Chen Hou, Lan Wang, Wei Zhang, Cong Wang, Junjie Liu, Yiqian Wu and Chuanyi Wang
Catalysts 2024, 14(4), 252; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14040252 - 11 Apr 2024
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Currently, public health is seriously threatened by the massive concentrations of emerging contaminants. Treating emerging contaminants in water using effective methods has become a major challenge worldwide. Photocatalytic technology, as an eco-friendly technology, has been recognized as an effective means of removing contaminants [...] Read more.
Currently, public health is seriously threatened by the massive concentrations of emerging contaminants. Treating emerging contaminants in water using effective methods has become a major challenge worldwide. Photocatalytic technology, as an eco-friendly technology, has been recognized as an effective means of removing contaminants from water. Among the various photocatalysts, layered double hydroxides (LDHs), known as hydrotalcite-like materials, have been explored extensively in photocatalytic reactions due to their switchable properties and the large surface areas of their unique two-dimensional structures. In this article, recent advances in the photocatalytic degradation of emerging contaminants by LDH-based photocatalysts are reviewed. Firstly, the fundamental principles of the photocatalytic degradation of emerging contaminants using LDH-based materials are briefly introduced. Various LDHs applied in the photocatalytic degradation of emerging contaminants are broadly summarized into four types: pure-phase LDHs, interlayer-modified LDHs, LDH-based composites, and layered double oxides (LDOs). Moreover, the synthesis process and catalytic mechanism of LDH-based photocatalysts are also reviewed. An outlook on the problems and future development of LDH-based photocatalysts in water remediation is provided at the end. Full article
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