Special Issue "Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Wastes in Water"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. María V. López-Ramón Website E-Mail
Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Orgánica, Universidad de Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: preparation and characterization of carbon materials and magnetic nanomaterials; heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis; adsorption and advanced oxidation processes for water treatment; environmental nanotechnology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. José Rivera-Utrilla Website E-Mail
Univ Granada, Fac Sci, Dept Inorgan Chem, E-18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: preparation of new nanostructured carbon materials as catalysts and photocatalysts to develop advanced water treatments; removal of pollutants from aqueous and gaseous phases by adsorption/bioadsorption/biodegradation processes and catalysis using advanced carbon materials; new treatments of water contaminated by organic pollutants by integrated technologies based on advanced oxidation/reduction processes (ozonation, photooxidation, radiolysis) and carbon materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Manuel Sánchez-Polo Website E-Mail
Univ Granada, Fac Sci, Dept Inorgan Chem, E-18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: carbon materials; water treatment; advanced oxidation processes; photocatalysis; UV/solar radiation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, public concerns have arisen about environmental pollution by so-called emerging organic pollutants (EOPS) in water sources and factory effluents, because of their potentially adverse effects on human health and aquatic ecosystems. A large number of physical and biological processes have been proposed to remove pollutants from water, but they do not completely remove the majority of EOPs. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) based on catalytic, electrochemical, and photochemical reactions are currently available and are able to degrade a large number of pollutants. An important group of AOPs is represented by photocatalytic processes, in which luminous radiation produces the electronic activation of the semiconductor material that constitutes the catalyst. TiO2 is one of the most widely applied materials as photocatalysts in water decontamination, both alone and in combination with other materials acting as doping agents and/or material supports. However, the use of this semiconductor material presents known disadvantages; therefore, it is very important to continue working on the search for new, more efficient photocatalysts with better performance.
This Special Issue on “Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Wastes in Water” is intended to cover the progresses and new trends in the preparation and characterization of photocatalytic materials, with particular emphasis on their applications in environmental remediation for the removal of emerging organic pollutans from different types of water.

Prof. Dr. José Rivera-Utrilla
Prof. María V. López-Ramón
Prof. Dr. Manuel Sánchez-Polo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Photocatalysts design and synthesis
  • photoactivity
  • UV/visible light
  • solar light
  • organic pollutants
  • reaction kinetics and mechanism
  • stability and reusability
  • degradation by-products
  • environmental applications
  • water treatments

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.

Title: Hydrothermal synthesis of GO/TiO2 composites with high performance as UV photocatalysts for degradation of parabens

Authors: M. Ruidíaz-Martínez, M. A. Álvarez-Merino, M.V. López-Ramón, G. Cruz-Quesada, J. Rivera-Utrilla, M. Sánchez-Polo.

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