Special Issue "Structure, Synthesis, and Applications of TiO2-based Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Ass. Prof. Mario J. Muñoz-Batista
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Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Science, University of Granada, Spain
Interests: TiO2-based materials, nanomaterials, materials characterization, heterogeneous catalysis, kinetic and mathematical modelling of photo-reactors
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Dear Colleagues,

An exponential growth of research activities focused on TiO2-based materials has been seen in the past decades. In fact, some reviews highlight TiO2 as the most studied transition-metal oxide and one of the most investigated compounds in materials science. Over the last years, continuing breakthroughs in the synthetic protocols and development of TiO2-based materials have brought new findings on the synthesis of novel structures with controlled size/shape and electronic, optical, morphologic properties, such as pure TiO2 nanotubes, nanowires, nanorods, as well as doped materials and composites, among others. Such materials have shown remarkable results in a wide range of applications.

TiO2-based materials have been used traditionally for catalysis/photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications. In this sense, this Special Issue aims to compile relevant contributions presenting recent advances in photocatalytic/photovoltaic application studies, kinetics and mechanism analysis, selectivity and stability analysis as well as light–matter interaction using TiO2-based materials. In addition, TiO2-based materials have shown remarkable results in others fields including sensing, electrochromic as well as hydrogen storage among others, all of which can be also featured in this collection. Experimental and theoretical/modelling manuscripts, as well as concepts, perspectives and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Rafael Luque
Dr. Mario J. Muñoz-Batista
Guest Editors

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  • TiO2-based materials
  • novel structures
  • new synthetic protocols
  • TiO2-based structure applications
  • light–material interaction

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Titanium Dioxide-Based Nanocomposites for Enhanced Gas-Phase Photodehydrogenation
Materials 2019, 12(19), 3093; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12193093 - 23 Sep 2019
Light-driven processes can be regarded as a promising technology for chemical production within the bio-refinery concept, due to the very mild operative conditions and high selectivity of some reactions. In this work, we report copper oxide (CuO)-titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanocomposites to [...] Read more.
Light-driven processes can be regarded as a promising technology for chemical production within the bio-refinery concept, due to the very mild operative conditions and high selectivity of some reactions. In this work, we report copper oxide (CuO)-titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanocomposites to be efficient and selective photocatalysts for ethanol photodehydrogenation under gas phase conditions, affording 12-fold activity improvement compared to bare TiO2. In particular, the insertion method of the CuO co-catalyst in different TiO2 materials and its effects on the photocatalytic activity were studied. The most active CuO co-catalyst was observed to be highly dispersed on titania surface, and highly reducible. Moreover, such high dispersion was observed to passivate some surface sites where ethanol is strongly adsorbed, thus improving the activity. This kind of material can be obtained by the proper selection of loading technique for both co-catalysts, allowing a higher coverage of photocatalyst surface (complex-precipitation in the present work), and the choice of titania material itself. Loading copper on a high surface area titania was observed to afford a limited ethanol conversion, due to its intrinsically higher reactivity affording to a strong interaction with the co-catalyst. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Titanium Dioxide-Based Nanocomposites for Enhanced Gas-Phase Photodehydrogenation
Authors: Danny Zanardo 1, Elena Ghedini 1, Federica Menegazzo 1, Elti Cattaruzza 2, Maela Manzoli 3, Giuseppe Cruciani 4 and Michela Signoretto 1
Affiliations: 1 CatMat Lab, Department of  Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca’ Foscari University Venice and Consortium INSTM, RU of Venice, Via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia, Italy
2 Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca’ Foscari, University Venice, Via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia, Italy
3 Department of Drug Science and Technology, University of Turin, 10125, Via P. Giuria 11, 10125, Turin, Italy
4 Departement of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara, Via G. Saragat 1, I-44122, Ferrara

Title: Photodegradation of Emerging Pollutants on Pillared Clays
Authors: A. Gil, L. Santamaría, A.M. García, S.A. Korili, B. González, R. Trujillano and M.A. Vicente
Affiiations: Public University of Navarra and University of Salamanca

Title: TiO2-based Catalysts for Nanowire Growth: A Short Review
Authors: Piet Schönherr, Thorsten Hesjedal
Affiliation: Clarendon Laboratory, Department of Physics, Univeristy of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PU, UK

Title: To be decided
Authors: Nicolas Keller,Patricia García, et al.
Affiliations: Institut de Chimie et Procédés pour l'Energie, l'Environnement et la Santé (ICPEES), Strasbourg, France

Title: To be decided
Jacopo Profili, et al.
University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Title: Fractionation of TiO2 isolated phosphopeptides using manual reversed-phase gradient liquid chromatography
Authors: Martin Ondrej 1, Pavel Rehulka 2, Ales Tichy 1,*
Affiliations: 1 Department of Radiobiology and 2 Department of Molecular Biology and Pathology, Faculty of MIlitary Health Sciences, Hradec Kralove, University of Defence in Brno, Czech Republic

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