Special Issue "Graphene-Semiconductor Composites: Preparation and Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanoelectronics, Nanosensors and Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).

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Dr. Luisa Pastrana-Martínez
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Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Interests: doped carbon materials; graphene derivatives; adsorption and advanced oxidation technologies (heterogeneous photocatalysis, photo-Fenton, ozonation) for water treatment; CO2 photocatalytic conversion; oxygen reduction reaction
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Dear Colleagues,

Because of the unique structure and excellent properties of graphene derivatives (such as graphene oxide (GO) or reduced graphene oxide (rGO)), the coupling of graphene with semiconductor materials presents the possibility to design and fabricate novel graphene-based materials. These composites have attracted extensive attention for their potential in environmental and energy applications. The Special Issue will be devoted to new developments and fundamental advances on graphene–semiconductor composites with tuned textural and surface chemical properties, and their applications in the photodegradation of organic pollutants, photocatalytic splitting of H2O, and photocatalytic reduction of CO2, as well as carbon electrodes for energy production and storage, among others.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, short communications, and reviews are welcome.

Dr. Luisa M. Pastrana-Martínez
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  • Heteroatom-doped graphene
  • graphene derivatives
  • semiconductor
  • photocatalysis
  • electrocatalysis
  • fuels and chemicals
  • environmental catalysis

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Functionalized Graphene Derivatives and TiO2 for High Visible Light Photodegradation of Azo Dyes
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(6), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10061106 - 03 Jun 2020
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Functionalized graphene derivatives including graphene oxide (GO), reduced graphene oxide (rGO), and heteroatom (nitrogen/sulphur (N/S) or boron (B))-doped graphene were used to synthesize composites with TiO2 (T). The photocatalytic performance of composites was assessed for the degradation of Orange G dye (OG) [...] Read more.
Functionalized graphene derivatives including graphene oxide (GO), reduced graphene oxide (rGO), and heteroatom (nitrogen/sulphur (N/S) or boron (B))-doped graphene were used to synthesize composites with TiO2 (T). The photocatalytic performance of composites was assessed for the degradation of Orange G dye (OG) under simulated solar light. All the prepared graphene derivatives—TiO2 composites showed better photocatalytic performance than bare TiO2. A higher photocatalytic activity was found for the composites containing GO and N/S co-doped rGO (kapp = 109.2 × 10−3 and 48.4 × 10−3 min−1, for GO-T and rGONS-T, respectively). The influence of both initial solution pH and the reactive species involved in the OG degradation pathway were studied. The photocatalytic activity of the samples decreased with the increase of the initial pH (from 3.0 to 10.0) due to the occurrence of electrostatic repulsive forces between the photocatalysts surface and the molecules of OG, both negatively charged. The use of selective scavengers showed that although the photogenerated holes dominate the degradation mechanism, radicals and singlet oxygen also participate in the OG degradation pathway. In addition, reutilization experiments indicated that the samples were stable under the reaction conditions used. Full article
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