Special Issue "Nanomaterials in Photo(Electro)catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Comparelli

National Research Council–Institute for Physical Chemical Processes (CNR-IPCF), Bari, Italy
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Interests: photocatalysis, visible light active photocatalysts, inorganic nanocrystals, hybrid nanocomposites, plasmonics nanoparticles, nanocrystal functionalization, solar energy conversion
Guest Editor
Dr. Francesca Petronella

National Research Council–Institute for Physical Chemical Processes (CNR-IPCF), Bari, Italy
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Interests: nanomaterials, photocatalysis, colloidal synthesis, colloidal nanoparticles, hybrid nanocomposites, plasmonic nanoparticles, functionalization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photoactive nanomaterials are receiving increasing attention due to their potential application in light-driven redox processes for the degradation of water and gas-phase pollutants and in the field of energy conversion and production.

Modern material science offers a toolbox to finely tune nanomaterial size/shape-dependent chemical-physical properties, thus allowing one to fully exploit the great potential of photoactive materials. In addition, post-synthesis manipulation of nanomaterials plays a key role to integrate them in photo-reactors or to deposit them on large surfaces in order to allow easy recovery of the catalysts and prevent any release of nanopowders in the environment. The great potential of photocatalytic process can be further boosted up by applying an external differential potential to the catalyst in order to increase the yield of light's conversion into chemical energy.

The potential application of photoactive nanomaterials in the environmental field includes the abatement of organic pollutant in water, water disinfection, and the abatement of gas-phase pollutants in outdoor and indoor applications. Urgent environmental challenges, such as the production of green fuels and solar energy conversion, are further application fields where the development of photoactive nanomaterials with improved properties is essential.

We invite contributors to submit original research papers or reviews that account for recent advances in the field of photoactive nanomaterials for the degradation of pollutants; for energy conversion; and for energy production assisted by UV, visible, or solar light.

Dr. Roberto Comparelli
Dr. Francesca Petronella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Photo(electro)chemistry
  • Photoactive nanomaterial synthesis
  • Supported photocatalysts
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Water treatments
  • Gas-phase pollutants
  • Water splitting
  • H2 generation
  • CO2 reduction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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