Special Issue "Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants and Inactivation of Microorganisms Using Innovative Catalysts"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Ioannis Konstantinou Website E-Mail
Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, GR-45110, Ioannina, Greece
Interests: development of advanced oxidation and catalytic technologies for environmental applications; chemical technology for the removal of organic pollutants from aqueous systems (adsorption in novel adsorbents, coagulation/sedimentation, photodegradation, oxidation); mechanisms of photo-processes in heterogeneous systems; fate of pollutants and pollution control in environmental compartments and environmental technologies systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, photocatalysis has been recognized as a technology breakthrough for water treatment and purification. Photocatalytic processes can deal with the recent demands on water resources quality, providing effective technologies for the removal of emerging and recalcitrant contaminants or xenobiotics, for the treatment of industrial, municipal, and hospital wastewaters and for the inactivation of microorganisms including resistant pathogens. Photocatalytic systems can also be combined with conventional technologies using either UV-lamp or sunlight irradiation, providing a versatile and environmentally friendly technology. This Special Issue welcomes both review and original research articles on all aspects of heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalytic processes and applications for the degradation of organic pollutants and disinfection in water and wastewater matrices.

The Special Issue will focus on, but is not limited to, photocatalysis developments and applications for:

i) new and advanced photocatalysts for water/wastewater treatment and disinfection; ii) photocatalytic mechanisms and kinetics; iii) degradation of emerging and priority pollutants such as pharmaceuticals, biocides, endocrine disruptors, flame retardants, surfactants, plasticizers, personal care products, etc.; iv) monitoring of photocatalytic processes via identification of intermediate and final degradation products; v) toxicity abatement; vi) inactivation of microorganisms; vii) solar-driven photocatalytic processes; viii) pilot and full-scale applications.

Assoc. Prof. Ioannis Konstantinou
Guest Editor

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.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Catalysts is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalysis
  • solar photocatalysis
  • nanostructured photocatalysts
  • heterojunction photocatalysts
  • photocatalytic mechanisms and reactions
  • emerging and priority organic pollutants
  • degradation mechanisms and pathways
  • degradation and transformation products
  • toxicity abatement
  • photocatalytic disinfection
  • microorganisms inactivation
  • water/wastewater treatment
  • hybrid photocatalytic systems
  • pilot and full-scale photocatalytic applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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