Special Issue "Novel Photoactive Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: titanium dioxide; titanium anodizing: anodic oxidation, plasma electrolytic oxidation, TiO2 nanotubes; TiO2 coatings for photocatalysis, self-cleaning, corrosion resistance; self-cleaning materials for the built environment; interference colors in thin films
Photoactivity represents the ability of a material, generally speaking a semiconductor, to become active when interacting with light. It can be declined in many ways, and several functionalities arising from this behavior of materials can be exploited, all leading to positive repercussions on our environment. There are three main classes of effects of photoactivity on our everyday life, all of which have been deeply investigated in the last few decades, allowing to develop more and more efficient materials and devices:
- Energy production as a consequence of sunlight absorption, which is the principle of photovoltaic devices of all generations, be them silicon based, dye sensitized solar cells or thin films;
- Environmental cleanup as a result of photocatalytic degradation of pollutants, both in gas phase and in liquid phase, which is currently exploited in air purification devices and water remediation reactors;
- Cleaner and clearer surfaces thanks to photoinduced superhydrophilicity and related self-cleaning effects, which find relevant applications in building materials due to their lower requirements for maintenance and potentially higher durability.
All of them share a common point, that is, the interaction of a material with light, although many different materials are taken into account depending on the effect desired—from elemental semiconductors like silicon, to more complex compounds like CdTe or GaAs, to metal oxides like TiO2 and ZnO. Given the broadness of the field, a huge number of works fall within this topic, and new areas of discovery are constantly explored.
You are all invited to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue, in the form of research papers, communications, or reviews.
Assoc. Prof. Maria Vittoria Diamanti
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