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Special Issue "Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Photocatalysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Photocatalysis includes those processes that use light to activate a substance (photocatalyst) that subsequently modifies the rate of a chemical reaction without being altered or consumed. Upon absorption of light, photocatalysts in their excited electronic states are susceptible to accepting and donating electrons under very mild conditions. One of the advantages of photocatalytic redox processes over conventional ones is that the photocatalysts are almost inert until the desired oxidizing and/or reducing species is generated in situ upon application of the appropriate light source. However, although these reactive species are easy to generate, their short lifetime makes controlling subsequent steps and, therefore, product formation challenging. This reason may be why, although photocatalysis has already had a technological impact in specialized industrial applications, little attention has been paid to rationalizing the molecular mechanisms underlying these kind of reactions. A postulated overall mechanism should consider, on one hand, a thermodynamic analysis of all the steps involved in the photocatalytic cycle, and, on the other hand, an examination of the kinetic feasibility of the postulated processes. Hence, a deeper mechanistic understanding of every step in the photocatalytic process is still necessary, since it will allow us to determine the nature of the involved reactive species and their role in the operating photochemical pathways, providing the fundamentals for tailored photocatalytic treatments designed to undertake specific families of compounds.
This Special Issue, “Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Photocatalysis”, expects to contribute to progress in reaction discovery and inspire the invention of improved photocatalysts, regardless of whether they are organic (supported or not) or semiconductor-based photocatalysts, for future technological applications. We welcome contributions on (but not limited to):
- photocatalytic processes for wastewater remediation;
- photocatalytic processes for wastewater disinfection;
- new photocatalytic materials for light-harvesting applications;
- synthetic processes mediated by photocatalysis;
- photocatalysis for radical mediated organic synthesis;
- mechanisms and kinetics of organic reactions mediated by light;
- the use of visible light for (enantio)selective organic transformations
- catalytic mechanisms of heterogeneous photoredox catalysis;
- photocatalytic materials for photodynamic therapy; and
- fundamental understanding of reactive oxygen species (ROS) actions.
Prof. Dr. Maria Luisa Marin
Dr. Francisco Boscá
Manuscript Submission Information
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- excited states
- kinetic analysis
- reaction mechanisms
- time-resolved techniques
- visible light