Special Issue "Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants and Inactivation of Microorganisms"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Anna Zielińska-Jurek Website E-Mail
Department of Process Engineering and Chemical Technology, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland
Interests: heterogeneous photocatalysis; visible-light active photocatalysts; noble metals; photocatalytic purification of water and air; functional material synthesis and characterization; environmental technology; separation of photocatalyst after purification; photoreactor design and development; nanotechnology; magnetic photocatalysts; degradation of pharmaceuticals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is dedicated to new trends and achievements in research work focused on photocatalysis and advanced photocatalytic materials for the degradation of recalcitrant compounds and xenobiotics.

Heterogeneous photocatalysis is highly appreciated for the removal of organic contaminants of emerging concern from gas and aqueous phases, since, under specific conditions, reactive oxygen species are generated in situ. The capacity of chemical treatment processes to increase the biodegradability of non-biodegradable compounds by, for instance, a strong oxidant attack provides the possibility of efficiently combining them with photocatalytic materials. Therefore, photocatalysis is an alternative or synergetic process for biological degradation. At present, the need to develop ecologically clean solar-induced chemical processes, such as photocatalysis, are limited by low quantum efficiencies. Among various efforts to extend photocatalysis, special attention is focused on the design of semiconductor materials with specific morphologies and microstructures in order to enhance their ability to photodegrade persistent organic pollutants. In this regard, it is highly required to improve the performance of semiconductors by a suitable architecture which integrates the usually incompatible features of large specific surface area, high charge-carrier mobility, low electron-hole recombination rate.

This Special Issue aims to report recent progress and developments in the design and synthesis of highly functional nanostructured photocatalysts with enhanced properties. Furthermore, research to understand the mechanisms of photocatalytic degradation of persistent organic pollutants and the processing–structure–property relationships is also of great interest to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Anna Zielińska-Jurek
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomaterials design and synthesis
  • advanced 2D nanomaterials
  • nanostructured photocatalysts
  • environmental remediation
  • water and air contamination
  • reaction kinetics and mechanism
  • surface and microstructural properties
  • processing–structure–property relationships
  • smart nanomaterials for recyclable-photocatalysis applications
  • degradation of pharmaceutical compounds
  • biological-photocatalytic process
  • degradation of textile dye
  • photocatalytic disinfection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Tentative Title: Analysis of adsorption and decomposition of odor components and tar contents in tobacco smoke on non-woven fabric-supported photocatalysts
Authors: Tsuyoshi Ochiai, Daisuke Aoki, Yasuhisa Akutsu and Morio Nagata
Abstract: Non-woven fabric-supported UV- and visible light-responsible photocatalysts were developed. It can adsorb and decompose odor components and tar contents in tobacco smoke under UV or visible light irradiation. The adsorption behavior of odor components and the subsequent decomposition behavior by the light irradiation were evaluated by color difference measurement and GC/MS analysis. It will be useful as interior materials for creating a comfortable environment.
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