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Special Issue "Environmentally Friendly Photocatalysts for Water/Air Treatment, Selective Organic Conversion and Energy Applications"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Photochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giovanni Palmisano
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interests: photocatalysis; water treatment; hydrogen production; CO2 reduction; self-cleaning surfaces; air treatment
Dr. Corrado Garlisi
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interests: photocatalysis; smart glass; thin films; PVD techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to contribute to the Molecules Special Issue “Environmentally Friendly Photocatalysts for Water/Air Treatment, Selective Organic Conversion, and Energy Applications”. This issue provides an excellent opportunity to overview and address various aspects on the photocatalytic processes applied to environmental remediation, organic synthesis (including CO2 reduction), and hydrogen generation. The key requirements for future large-scale applicability of the photocatalytic processes in these three areas are mainly related to enhanced charge separation and visible-light activity of the catalytic materials, which can be boosted by a variety of approaches including doping with impurities, band-structure engineering, and coupling of two or more semiconductors. In this framework, advances in the design and development of nanostructured ecofriendly catalysts are of special interest to this issue.

We hope that you may consider the opportunity to submit regular articles, as well as literature reviews, to this Special Issue, which will hopefully form the basis of a collection of papers that constitutes a reference point for future work in the field.

Dr. Giovanni Palmisano
Dr. Corrado Garlisi
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.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • photocatalysis
  • water/air treatment
  • H2 generation
  • selective organic processes
  • nanostructured materials

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Covalent Organic Frameworks: A Promising Materials Platform for Photocatalytic CO2 Reductions
Molecules 2020, 25(10), 2425; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25102425 - 22 May 2020
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Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are a kind of porous crystalline polymeric material. They are constructed by organic module units connected with strong covalent bonds extending in two or three dimensions. COFs possess the advantages of low-density, large specific surface area, high thermal stability, [...] Read more.
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are a kind of porous crystalline polymeric material. They are constructed by organic module units connected with strong covalent bonds extending in two or three dimensions. COFs possess the advantages of low-density, large specific surface area, high thermal stability, developed pore-structure, long-range order, good crystallinity, and the excellent tunability of the monomer units and the linking reticular chemistry. These features endowed COFs with the ability to be applied in a plethora of applications, ranging from adsorption and separation, sensing, catalysis, optoelectronics, energy storage, mass transport, etc. In this paper, we will review the recent progress of COFs materials applied in photocatalytic CO2 reduction. The state-of-the-art paragon examples and the current challenges will be discussed in detail. The future direction in this research field will be finally outlooked. Full article
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