Special Issue "Photocatalytic Membrane Reactors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
Interests: membrane processes; catalytic and photocatalytic membrane reactors; complexation reactions coupled with membranes (supported liquid membranes; ultrafiltration assisted by polymers); saving, recovery and recycle of matter and energy by membrane processes
Interests: inorganic chemical technology; water/wastewater treatment; membrane processes, especially pressure driven membrane techniques and membrane distillation; hybrid membrane processes; advanced oxidation processes; photocatalysis; photocatalytic membrane reactors
Since Honda and Fujishima described their research on photocatalytic splitting of water on TiO2 electrodes (Nature, 1972), the interest of scientific world in various applications of photocatalysis has been systematically increased. It is commonly accepted that photocatalysis fits to the Green Chemistry principles allowing both removal of toxic compounds or synthesis of useful substances. The most commonly investigated applications of this process are air and water/wastewater purification in terms of degradation of organic contaminants to innocuous products, such as water, carbon dioxide or inorganic salts, as well as removal of toxic metals. The most recent attempt is utilization of photocatalysis in organic synthesis.
The advantages of photocatalysis can be significantly enhanced by coupling this process with membrane technology. Photocatalytic membrane reactors (PMRs) are hybrid systems of various configurations which combine photocatalysis with membrane separation taking advantages of both processes. PMRs have been found a promising tool for water/wastewater treatment and organic synthesis. Application of a membrane gives a possibility to realize a continuous operation with a simultaneous recovery of a photocatalyst (immobilized or in suspension), coupled with the photoreaction and separation of the substrates or (by)products from the reaction environment. Improvement of process efficiency compared to conventional photoreactors, modularity and easy scale up are some other potential advantages of PMRs. All of these resulted in a significant growth of interest in this area observed in the recent years. Nonetheless, the full-scale applications of PMRs still need detailed investigations to improve the processes performance. This Special Issue aims to cover all aspects of hybrid photocatalysis–membrane systems, including both photocatalytic membranes and reactors with suspended photocatalyst. Experimental and theoretical contributions being within the scope of this Special Issue, including original research papers, short communications and review articles are invited for submission.
Prof. Dr. Raffaele Molinari
Prof. Dr. Sylwia Mozia
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- Membrane separation
- Photocatalytic membrane reactor
- Photocatalytic membrane
- Immobilized photocatalyst
- Water treatment
- Wastewater treatment
- Organic photosynthesis