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Special Issue "Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marcelo I. Guzman
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Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
Interests: environmental photochemistry; interfacial oxidations; environmental monitoring; prebiotic chemistry; photocatalytic CO2 reduction; environmental chemistry
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Prof. Dr. German Mills
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University, Auburn, United States
Interests: synthesis of nanomaterials in nonpolar media; redox-active macroradicals for environmental remediation; photoadaptive polymer systems for control and sensing of chemicals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The photocatalytic reduction of CO2 is a focus of current attention to develop new technology for CO2 fixation and storage with the possible added value of creating fuels and synthetic precursors. Advances in the development of new photocatalytic materials are of special interest to this issue if they can demonstrate improvements in the photocatalytic activity. Innovative strategies for the photoreduction of CO2 inspired by the current knowledge of biological pathways are encouraged. This Special Issue aims to collect original research papers, reviews and commentaries focused on the photocatalytic transformation of CO2. Mechanistic research papers that study related photocatalytic reductions that could contribute to understanding the general process in order to improve the reduction of CO2 are also welcome. Although major contributions are expected to focus on heterogeneous photocatalysis, research based on the use of homogeneous photocatalysts will be considered. In summary, submissions are welcome especially (but not exclusively) in the following areas:

- Photocatalytic processes for the reduction of CO2

- Development of new photocatalysts with improved photoreduction activity

- Mechanisms for CO2 photoreduction

- Innovative processes and reactors for CO2 photocatalytic conversion

Prof. Dr. Marcelo I. Guzman
Prof. Dr. German Mills
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 1800 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.


  • CO2 photoreduction
  • Heterogeneous photocatalysis
  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • CO2 capture
  • Fuel production

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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