Special Issue "Photocatalysis and Environment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sami Rtimi

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
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Interests: ceramic nanocomposites; photocatalysis; antibacterial; characterization; spectroscopy
Guest Editor
Dr. Daria Camilla Boffito

Polytechnique Montréal
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Interests: Heterogeneous catalysis, Process Intensification, Photocatalysis, Biomass, Sonochemistry
Guest Editor
Dr. Aymen Amine Assadi

Laboratory "Sciences Chimiques de Rennes"– Team "Chimie et Ingénierie des Procédés", 11 allée de Beaulieu, CS 50837, 35708 Rennes Cedex 7 (France)
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Interests: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Process intensification, Photocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the UN-2030-SDGs, water depollution and sanitation is urgently needed. New methods for water and air depollution are under investigation. Among these methods, solar photocatalysis is showing huge potential for the removal of micropollutants and the inactivation of microorganisms.

A large number of studies have appeared that are devoted to the issue of the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 suspensions. Many other materials were used for pollutant degradation and/or microbial inactivation in water and air. During the last decade, attention has been drawn towards the design, synthesis and characterization of visible/solar light active catalysts. This allows the use of low-cost illumination sources and the exploitation of the lavish solar energy. The use of sunlight allows the design of low-cost solutions for water treatment, especially in the least developed countries (LDCs).

We invite authors to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that seek to address the mechanisms and significance of photocatalytic materials for environmental remediation. Particular interest will be given to papers exploring the preparation and engineering of innovative photocatalysts.

In particular, the topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Antimicrobial photocatalysts,
  • Photocatalytic coatings,
  • Indoor air quality,
  • Photocatalysis for VOC removal,
  • Water/wastewater treatment under solar light.

Dr. Sami Rtimi
Dr. Daria Camilla Boffito
Dr. Aymen Amine Assadi
Guest Editors

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  • Photocatalytic materials
  • Environment
  • Materials characterization
  • Mechanism
  • Interfacial charge transfer

Published Papers

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