Special Issue "Multifunctional Materials for Photocatalytic and Photoactivated Processes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. David Maria Tobaldi Website E-Mail
Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: semiconductor; light; color; photocatalysis; photochromism; nano- and composite-materials; nanomaterials for light-to-energy and environmental applications; materials processing; advanced X-ray methods; surface functionalization of building materials
Guest Editor
Dr. Manfredi Saeli Website E-Mail
Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering, Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: construction and building materials; waste-based and composite materials; sustainable construction; high-performance buildings; innovation in cultural heritage preservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 21st century can be considered the “Nanotechnology Era” or the “Nano-Age”. Nanomaterials may indeed provide solutions to problems that cannot be dealt with by using conventional technologies. In this context, obtaining advanced nanostructured multifunctional materials exhibiting several coexisting properties is one of the most exciting and innovative research topics. Functional nanomaterials “activated” by light are of particular interest, as solar light is the most abundant, free, and virtually limitless source of energy. Therefore, it is no surprise that photoactivated reactions for water treatment, environmental remediation, light-to-energy, and energy storage application are still very much an en-vogue research topic.

Metal oxides are a very important family of nanomaterials, having unique properties that are attractive for a number of applications. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles, because of their flexibility and versatility, are a well-investigated class of metal oxides for photocatalytic and photoactivated processes.

This Special Issue of Catalysts, “Multifunctional Materials for Photocatalytic and Photoactivated Processes”, is devoted to research works dealing with light-activated semiconductor oxides showing (at the same time) more functionalities. A particular preference will be given to materials activated by light, as they are expected to play a significant role in photocatalysis, photo-electronics, photoswitches, photo-optical sensors, smart windows, displays, optical storage memories, self-cleaning materials, building materials, and the preservation of cultural heritage.

It is therefore our pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue with your research article, communication, or review.

Dr. David Maria Tobaldi
Dr. Manfredi Saeli
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.

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  • Photoactivated processes;
  • Photocatalysis;
  • Multifunctionality;
  • Nanostructured materials;
  • Metal oxide semiconductors;
  • Titanium dioxide;
  • Light-to-energy;
  • Environmental remediation
  • Surface functionalization of building materials
  • Preserving cultural heritage

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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