Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Photocatalytical Technology in Asia"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shinya Higashimoto Website E-Mail
Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka Institute of Technology, 5-16-1 Omiya, Asahi-ku, Osaka 535-8585, Japan
Interests: photocatalysts; photoelectrochemistry
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Satoshi Kaneco Website E-Mail
Department of Chemistry for Materials, Graduate School of Engineering, Mie University, Tsu 514-8507, Japan
Interests: environmental chemistry; electrochemistry; analytical chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photocatalysts can clearly demonstrate artificial photosynthesis for water splitting and conversion of carbon dioxide into useful fuel, as well as complete decomposition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and bacteria into mineralization. So far, many researchers have endeavored to design and develop the photofunctional materials which operate under fluorescent light or solar light, and some products are on the market.
This Special Issue is going to be focused on “State-of-the-Art Photocatalytical Technology in Asia”. Fundamental exploration of the syntheses, characterizations, and applications in technological- and industrial-scale development of photocatalysts are of prime importance to this Special Issue. We welcome both review and original research articles on all aspects of heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalysis. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Artificial photosynthesis for water splitting and reduction of carbon dioxide;
  • Water and air treatment for decomposition of organic compounds and anti-bacteria;
  • Titanium dioxide transparent film photocatalyst (self-cleaning, anti-fogging effects) and their related photofunctional materials;
  • Visible light-responsible photocatalyst and new materials;
  • Photoassisted fine organic synthesis.

Prof. Dr. Shinya Higashimoto
Prof. Dr. Satoshi Kaneco
Guest Editors

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  • Honda–Fujishima effect
  • TiO2 photocatalyst
  • Non-TiO2 photocatalyst
  • Visible light-sensitive photocatalyst
  • Band gap engineering
  • Artificial photosynthesis for H2 production and CO2 utilization
  • Photo-assisted fine organic synthesis
  • Photo–Fenton reactions
  • Air/water purification
  • Large scale and commercial applications

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Improvement of Photocatalytic H2-Generation under Visible Light Irradiation by Controlling the Band Gap of ZnIn2S4 with Cu and In
Catalysts 2019, 9(8), 681; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9080681 - 10 Aug 2019
The band gap controlled photocatalyst (Zn0.74Cu0.13In2S3.805) was prepared via a simple one-step solvothermal method. The effects of doping of Cu+ and excess In on the photocatalytic activity of ZnIn2S4 photocatalyst were [...] Read more.
The band gap controlled photocatalyst (Zn0.74Cu0.13In2S3.805) was prepared via a simple one-step solvothermal method. The effects of doping of Cu+ and excess In on the photocatalytic activity of ZnIn2S4 photocatalyst were investigated. In addition, optical properties, surface morphology and crystal structure were evaluated. The maximum H2 evolution rate (2370 µmol h−1 g−1) was achieved with Zn0.74Cu0.13In2S3.805, which was about five times higher than that of untreated ZnIn2S4 under visible light (λ ≥ 420 nm). The band gap of Zn0.74Cu0.13In2S3.805 decreased to 1.98 eV by raising the maximum position of the valence band, compared to ZnIn2S4. Furthermore, the recombination of electron hole pairs was effectively reduced. This research contributes to the development of highly active photocatalysts under visible light. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Photocatalytical Technology in Asia)
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