Exclusive Papers in Green Photocatalysis from China

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2024 | Viewed by 2098

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Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200438, China
Interests: photocatalysis; hydrogen evolution; selective oxidation; heterogeneous catalysis; catalytic material

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Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
Interests: CO2 utilization; H2 production TiO2; g-C3N4; precious metal recovery; heterojunction; single-atom catalysis defects
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the global community has intensified its efforts to address environmental challenges, particularly in the context of climate change and sustainable development. China, as one of the world's largest economies and carbon emitters, has made significant commitments to reduce its carbon footprint and advance green technologies. Green photocatalysis, with its potential for sustainable energy production and environmental remediation, has emerged as a critical area of research and innovation in China. This Special Issue aims to highlight exclusive papers that showcase the latest advancements and breakthroughs in green photocatalysis within the Chinese research landscape. By focusing on this specific area, we seek to provide a platform for researchers to disseminate their findings, share the best practices, and contribute to the global knowledge base of sustainable energy and environmental technologies. The outcomes of this Special Issue will not only enrich the understanding of green photocatalysis but also contribute to the broader efforts of transitioning to a low-carbon and sustainable future. We cordially invite researchers and scholars to contribute their valuable insights and original research to this Special Issue. We encourage submissions that encompass a wide range of topics, including but not limited to semiconductor photocatalysts, visible light photocatalysis, environmental applications, the development of novel materials for green photocatalysis, and any other related subjects. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, we aim to advance the field of green photocatalysis and support the global transition to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

We are looking forward to receiving the various research insights and results of this Special Issue and would sincerely appreciate your support and contribution. Your active participation and substantive inputs will be fundamental for the success of this Special Issue.

We look forward to your contributions and invite you to contribute your valuable research findings to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Weilin Dai
Prof. Dr. Zhenfeng Bian
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Keywords

  • photocatalysis
  • hydrogen production
  • selective oxidation
  • water splitting
  • photocatalytic reduction
  • photocatalytic degradation
  • heterojunction
  • photocatalytic synthesis
  • solar fuels
  • photocatalytic material
  • photocatalytic mechanism

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Effect of NaOH Concentration on Rapidly Quenched Cu–Al Alloy-Derived Cu Catalyst for CO2 Hydrogenation to CH3OH
by Xuancheng Liu, Dong Sun, Yushan Ji, Sijie Zu, Yan Pei, Shirun Yan, Minghua Qiao, Xiaoxin Zhang and Baoning Zong
Catalysts 2024, 14(6), 391; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14060391 - 19 Jun 2024
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By utilizing greenhouse gas CO2 and renewable energy-sourced H2 to produce methanol, the “methanol economy” can replace fossil fuels and H2 as the energy storage medium, which not only reduces CO2 emissions, but also mitigates the energy shortage issue. [...] Read more.
By utilizing greenhouse gas CO2 and renewable energy-sourced H2 to produce methanol, the “methanol economy” can replace fossil fuels and H2 as the energy storage medium, which not only reduces CO2 emissions, but also mitigates the energy shortage issue. However, the traditional Cu-based catalysts for CO2-to-methanol conversion suffer from low activity at low temperature and high vulnerability to sintering and deactivation. In this contribution, rapidly quenched skeletal Cu catalysts (RQ Cu) are prepared by leaching the RQ Cu–Al alloy with NaOH aqueous solutions of different concentrations. It is found that high NaOH concentration of 10 wt% favors the preparation of the RQ Cu-10 catalyst with higher porosity, lower residual Al content, and larger active Cu surface area (SCu) than the RQ Cu-3 catalyst leached with 3 wt% of NaOH solution. However, in aqueous-phase CO2 hydrogenation at 473 K and 4.0 MPa, the CO2 conversion over the RQ Cu-3 catalyst is more than two times greater than that over the RQ Cu-10 catalyst, and the selectivity and productivity of methanol are 1.20 and 2.69 times of the corresponding values over the RQ Cu-10 catalyst. At 5.0 MPa, the selectivity and productivity of methanol are further boosted to 97.9% and 1.329 mmol gCu–1 h–1 on the RQ Cu-3 catalyst. It is identified that the SCu of the RQ Cu-3 catalyst is well preserved after reaction, while dramatic growth of the Cu crystallites occurs for the RQ Cu-10 catalyst. The better catalytic performance and stability of the RQ Cu-3 catalyst are tentatively attributed to the presence of more residual Al species by using NaOH solution with lower concentration for Al leaching, which acts as the dispersant for the Cu crystallites during the reaction. Full article
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Acetylacetone Boosts the Photocatalytic Activity of Metal–Organic Frameworks by Tunable Modification
by Kunrui Wei, Jianghua Yang, Shuangshuang Wei, Hongcen Zheng and Shujuan Zhang
Catalysts 2024, 14(6), 367; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14060367 - 5 Jun 2024
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Typical metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) usually suffer from a limited visible light-trapping ability and easy recombination of charge carriers, hindering their photocatalytic applications. Acetylacetone (AA), leveraging its exceptional coordination capabilities, serves as a versatile and effective modifier for enhancing the photocatalytic activity of MOFs [...] Read more.
Typical metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) usually suffer from a limited visible light-trapping ability and easy recombination of charge carriers, hindering their photocatalytic applications. Acetylacetone (AA), leveraging its exceptional coordination capabilities, serves as a versatile and effective modifier for enhancing the photocatalytic activity of MOFs via a post-synthesis approach. The synthesis of diketone-anchored MOFs with AA can be achieved by first diazotizing the amino groups on the ligands of MOFs, followed by a condensation reaction between AA and the resulting azide. Gradient AA loadings ranging from 17% to 98% were obtained, showcasing the tunability of this approach. Interestingly, a sub-stoichiometric effect was exhibited between the AA loading and the visible photocatalytic performance of the modified photocatalyst. The singlet oxygen yields of MIL-125-AA-37% and MIL-125-AA-54% were about 1.3 times that of MIL-125-AA-17% and 3.0 times that of MIL-125-AA-98%. The improved photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the fact that the AA modification altered the electron density of the Ti metal center, leading to the creation of a significant amount of oxygen defects. This alteration resulted in a reduction in the recombination of charge carriers and thus a better charge separation. In short, AA modification provides a new strategy to maximize the visible photocatalytic performance of MOFs. Full article
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One-Dimensional Tubular Carbon Nitride Embedded in Ni2P for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of H2 Evolution
by Chenyong Jiang, Yiwei Jiao, Fada Li, Cheng Fang, Jing Ding, Hui Wan, Ping Zhang and Guofeng Guan
Catalysts 2024, 14(4), 243; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal14040243 - 6 Apr 2024
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Graphitic carbon nitride is considered as an ideal semiconductor material for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution due to its suitable energy band structure, durability and environmental friendliness. To further improve the catalytic performance of g-C3N4, nickel phosphide-loaded one-dimensional tubular carbon nitride [...] Read more.
Graphitic carbon nitride is considered as an ideal semiconductor material for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution due to its suitable energy band structure, durability and environmental friendliness. To further improve the catalytic performance of g-C3N4, nickel phosphide-loaded one-dimensional tubular carbon nitride (Ni2P/TCN) was prepared by thermal polymerization and photo deposition. The beneficial effect of the one-dimensional tubular structure on hydrogen generation was mainly attributed to its larger specific surface area (increased light absorption) as well as the linear movement of the carriers, which reduced their diffusion distance to the surface and facilitated the separation of photogenerated carriers. The loading of Ni2P co-catalyst improved the visible light utilization efficiency and enabled the migration of photogenerated electrons towards Ni2P, which ultimately reacted with the enhanced adsorbed H+ on the Ni2P surface to facilitate the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution process. This study provides new clues for the further development of efficient, environmentally friendly and low-cost g-C3N4 catalysts. Full article
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