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

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Porous Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mario J. Muñoz-Batista
Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, Avda. Fuentenueva, s/n, 18071 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
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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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