Special Issue "Novel Photocatalysts for Environmental and Energy Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dionysios (Dion) Demetriou Dionysiou Website E-Mail
Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DBCEE), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0012, USA
Interests: advanced oxidation technologies and chemical oxidation for water treatment; drinking water treatment and purification; environmental nanotechnology; transition-metal oxidation and reverse electron transfer reactions; the use of ionic liquids in environmental applications; destruction of biological toxins in water; physicochemical phenomena on particle-water interfaces
Guest Editor
Dr. Sami Rtimi Website E-Mail
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: photocatalysis; supported catalysts; antibacterial; self-cleaning; characterization
Guest Editor
Prof. Ewa Kowalska Website E-Mail
Institute for Catalysis (ICAT), Hokkaido University
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; photocatalysis; advanced oxidation technologies (AOTs); plasmonic photocatalyst; noble metals; antimicrobial properties; solar energy; solar fuel; faceted nanoparticles
Guest Editor
Prof. Changseok Han Website E-Mail
Department of Environmental Engineering, INHA University, Incheon 22212, Korea
Interests: advanced oxidation processes; photocatalysis; toxins; contaminants of emerging concern; water treatment
Guest Editor
Dr. Marcin Janczarek Website E-Mail
Poznan University of Technology
Interests: development of new photocatalytic materials; photocatalytic processes for environmental remediation; application issues of photocatalytic technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to exponential industrialization and rapid population growth, the global energy crisis and environmental pollution have become two of the greatest humanitarian challenges of the 21st century. The utilization of powerful, affordable, and renewable energy sources for energy production and pollutant elimination is considered as the best solution for addressing these critical problems. Therefore, much effort has been devoted toward converting solar energy into an applicable energy medium through various technologies, including photocatalysis, solar cells, and photoelectrochemical cells.

Furthermore, the ever-rising demand for fossil fuels, concomitant with the collateral increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations, have necessitated the urgent development of carbon management technologies. To this end, much research has been devoted towards the search for new technologies in the reduction of CO2. Moreover, numerous topics within the fields of bioconversion and catalysis/photocatalysis (photothermal catalysis) have also been investigated.

The current environmental and energy issues require the urgent design, preparation, and validation of well-designed photocatalytic materials. Thanks to their ability to use light/sunlight, these catalysts are able to stimulate various reactions and/or produce energy. Mimicking the natural photosynthesis system, Z-scheme photocatalysts, as one example, were reported to present many merits, including improved light harvesting, spatially separated reductive and oxidative active sites, and well-preserved strong redox ability. The first generation of Z-scheme photocatalysts can be summarized in the liquid-phase Z-scheme, and have evolved up to the direct Z-scheme photocatalysts. Many other novel functional and composite catalysts are being developed and tested in various environmental and energy applications. While there are still challenges facing further scalability and the applicability of associated technologies for practical and large-scale implementation, there is clear evidence of progress in the development of new catalysts with improved performance and functionality, as well as understanding of the underlying catalytic and photocatalytic phenomena and their associated mechanisms. However, there are certainly many opportunities in the design of new catalysts with improved performance, tailored functionalities, and use in various existing and new applications.

This Special Issue “Novel Photocatalysts for Environmental and Energy Applications” covers the design, preparation, and characterization of novel photocatalytic materials, as well as their applications in environmental remediation and novel routes for energy production. This Special Issue welcomes contributions on (but not limited to):

  • Photocatalysts for environmental application and energy conversion;
  • Photoactive materials for energy conversion;
  • Z-scheme photocatalysts;
  • Hybrid materials for visible/solar light harvesting;
  • Photocatalysts for water splitting;
  • Functional materials for carbon dioxide capture and conversion;
  • Photocatalytic self-cleaning surfaces;
  • Photocatalysts with antimicrobial properties, including antibiotic resistance;
  • Photocatalytic applications in medical and biomedical fields;
  • Photocatalytic materials for water and wastewater purification and reuse;
  • Photocatalysts for air treatment and industrial gas phase streams;
  • Photocatalytic materials in food preservation;
  • Photocatalytic application in non-conventional environments (i.e., space exploration).

Prof. Dionysios (Dion) Demetriou Dionysiou
Dr. Sami Rtimi
Prof. Ewa Kowalska
Prof. Changseok Han
Dr. Marcin Janczarek
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Catalysts is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • photocatalytic materials
  • preparation methods
  • mechanistic aspects
  • structure–reactivity
  • energy conversion
  • environmental applications
  • water treatment
  • disinfection, antimicrobial

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Back to TopTop