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Special Issue "Solar Chemicals Production and Environmental Remediation with Semiconductor/Carbon Photocatalysts"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Juan Matos Lale

Head of Hybrid and Carbon Materials Group, Bioenergy Departament, Technological Development Unit (UDT), University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile
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Interests: photocatalysis; carbon materials; hybrid materials; solar irradiation; solar/chemical fuels
Guest Editor
Dr. Alicia Gomis Berenguer

CEMHTI Site Haute Température, CNRS (UPR 3079), 1D Av. de la Recherche Scientifique CS 90055, 45071 - Orléans Cedex 2, France
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Interests: photochemistry; photoelectrochemistry; nanoporous carbons; adsorption; carbon/ligth interactions; energy conversion; advanced oxidation processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the main challenges of a global energy strategy is the development of new sustainable fuels and chemicals based on renewable energies. Solar fuels and chemicals are promising strategic pathways since they are produced from simple and abundant molecules using a renewable energy source such as sunlight. However, although the scientific and technological achievements reached to date have been many, the efficiency is still low and far for the practical application. Thus, highly active photocatalysts are required to produce solar and chemical fuels.

The purpose of this Special Issue, entitled “Solar Chemicals Production and Environmental Remediation with Semiconductor/Carbon Photocatalysts” is to cover significant recent advances in the area of solar chemicals, also referred to as solar-driven chemical reactions, using advanced oxidation/reduction processes through the development of efficient semiconductor/carbon-based photocatalysts. Works related with the eco-friendly synthesis routes of innovative carbon-based photocatalysts for the production of energy vectors like H2 or other fuels, CO2 reduction, photo-assisted valorization of organic molecules, and the environmental remediation of polluted water and air are welcome to be submitted to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Juan Matos Lale
Dr. Alicia Gomis Berenguer
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Photochemistry
  • Energy conversion
  • Semiconductor/Carbon material
  • Solar chemicals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type: Article
Title: Bacterial inactivation on cocrete plates loaded with modified TiO2 photocatalysts under visible light irradiation
Author: Magdalena Janus
Affiliation: West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland
Abstract: The concrete plates loaded with varied titania photocatalysts was investigated towards the antibacterial activity under visible light irradiation. The target in bacteria testing was E. coli K12. The presence of photocatalysts in concrete matrix in dose of 10 wt.% involved antibacterial properties, which rate was dependent on the type of photocatalyst (unmodified TiO2, TiO2-N and TiO2-N,C). A total inactivation of E. coli irradiated under UV-vis light was observed on the concrete plates loaded with following photocatalysts: TiO2/N,CMetOH-300, TiO2/N,CEtOH-100, TiO2/N,CisoPrOH-100 and TiO2/N-300. The presence of nitrogen and carbon in photocatalysts structure as well as crystallite size, surface area and porosity contributed to increase of antibacterial properties of concrete plates.
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