Special Issue "Materials for Light-Assisted Catalytic Reactions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jason Anthony Scott
Guest Editor
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, Sydney, Australia
Interests: catalysis and mechanisms of reactions; photocatalysis; energy generation; conversion and storage engineering; chemical engineering
Dr. Emma C. Lovell
Guest Editor
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, Sydney, Australia
Interests: chemical engineering; catalyst; mesoporous materials; nanomaterials synthesis; carbon dioxide

Special Issue Information

With the ongoing push for heterogeneous catalysis to become more sustainable, the utilisation of an energy input which offsets conventional thermal heating is a subject of growing significance. Light represents one such alternative which can be exploited to either directly heat the catalyst (photothermal) or assist with improving catalytic activity/selectivity (photo-and-thermal). Employing light in this way opens the door for concentrated sunlight to contribute to driving heterogeneous catalytic reactions, in turn upgrading system sustainability. To ensure that the benefits of the incident light are effectively accessed, catalyst material design requires re-evaluation. This can be in the form of creating catalysts and catalyst supports which can harness a greater portion of the solar spectrum, utilise incident light to boost activity and/or drive selectivity towards more favourable products.

This Special Issue will address recent research in the field of materials development for light-assisted heterogeneous catalysis, where the light acts either directly as the heat source (photothermal) or complements the thermal provision of heat (photo-and-thermal). It is distinct from photocatalysis, as catalytic activity does not rely solely on the semiconducting properties of the support. The Editors welcome articles on light-absorbing (for heating purposes) catalysts/supports, plasmonic catalysts and other catalyst systems which function using combined light and thermal inputs. There are no restrictions to the nature of the catalyst preparation method nor the reaction to which the catalyst is applied.

Dr. Jason Anthony Scott
Dr. Emma C. Lovell
Guest Editors

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.

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  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • photothermal
  • photo-and-thermal
  • plasmonic
  • solar
  • illumination
  • light-assisted

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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