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Special Issue "Photocatalytic materials alternative to TiO2 for environmental remediation, sustainable chemistry and energy conversion"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017).
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Marcì Website E-Mail
Department Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy
Interests: the preparation, characterisation (bulk and surface techniques) and photocatalytic activity of photocatalysts for pollutants degradation, partial oxidation reactions to obtain high value added materials and H2O and CO2 photo-reduction
Prof. Dr. Elisa I. García-López Website E-Mail
“Schiavello-Grillone” Photocatalysis Group, Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: Heterogeneous photocatalysis
The use of solar light to carry out chemical reactions appears to be one of the most intriguing technologies in order to solve environmental and energy problems. In this challenge, photocatalysis, as a green and sustainable technology, has been employed to improve water and air quality, maximize hydrogen gas production, reduce CO2 to fuels, synthesize organic costly products from cheaper ones, and to destroy bacteria and viruses. Current research is no longer limited to the traditional TiO2 semiconductor; indeed, significant progress has been made in the development of novel nanomaterials. TiO2 exhibits photocatalytic activity under UV light, reducing its practical applications. Therefore, the exploitation of visible light-driven photocatalysts is indispensable for the actual application of photocatalytic systems. Stability to photocorrosion and cost of emerging materials should also be considered. It is, thus, of great importance to identify and design new semiconductor materials that are efficient, stable, and abundant. Recently, a great deal of interest has been focused on research into molibdates, vanadates, phosphates, ferrites, magnetic photocatalysts, perovskites, MOFs, polyoxometalates, and metal free 2D layered materials, including graphene and g-C3N4-based photocatalysts, which have attracted more attention and have become the research hotspots. During the last few years, we have been assisting a fascinating pursuit of photocatalytic materials with improved spectral response ranges and quantum efficiencies.
The importance of this research justifies a Special Issue of Catalysts, entitled “Photocatalytic Materials Alternative to TiO2 for Environmental Remediation, Sustainable Chemistry and Energy Conversion”.
This Special Issue of Catalysts aims to present the state-of-the-art and advances in emerging materials used as heterogeneous photocatalysts for environmental remediation, conversion of solar energy to usable fuel, either by reducing CO2 to carbon-based fuels or by reducing protons to hydrogen, green synthesis, and, in general, sustainable chemistry.
The contributions should be a roundup of the best photocatalysts for solar applications and induce further interest towards a resolution of environmental and energy problems using green approaches.
We are pleased to invite you to submit manuscripts for this Special Issue in the form of research papers, communications, letters, and review articles.
We look forward to your participation in this Special Issue of Catalysts.
Prof. Dr. Eng. Giuseppe Marcì
Prof. Dr. Elisa I. García-López
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- Visible light activated photocatalysts
- C3N4-based photocatalysts
- Graphene-based photocatalysts
- Perovskites-based photocatalysts
- Photocatalytic applications for environmental remediation
- Photocatalytic water splitting
- Hydrogen photocatalytic production
- Photocatalytic CO2 reduction
- Photocatalytic selective syntheses