Special Issue "Advanced Nanomaterials for Photocatalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 985

Special Issue Editors

College of New Energy and Materials, China University of Petroleum, Beijing 102249, China
Interests: photocatalysis; photoelectrocatalysis; nanocomposites; pollutant degradation; hydrogen production
School of Materials Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 201620, China
Interests: photo(electro-)catalysis; photoelectrochemistry; sonocatalysis
School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
Interests: functional nanocomposites; photocatalysis; wastewater treatment; solar water splitting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photocatalysis has attracted increased attention as an emerging green technology. It has a wide variety of applications, such as water splitting, degradation of environmental pollutants, carbon dioxide reduction, and hydrogen peroxide production. In recent decades, numerous nanomaterials and nanocomposites have been adopted as photocatalysts—for instance, metal oxides, metal sulfide, and metal-organic frameworks (MOF). The design and development of advanced nanomaterials can accelerate the application of photocatalysis and has become a hot topic in photocatalysis. To achieve a rational design of photocatalysts, it is necessary to understand the relationship between the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials and their photocatalytic performances, as well as the fundamentals of photocatalytic reaction.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide new findings in advanced nanomaterials for photocatalysis and offer valuable inspiration and insight for researchers working in this field. Full papers, communications, and reviews are invited. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Photocatalysis for environmental applications;
  • Water splitting;
  • Photocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide;
  • Photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide;
  • Photoelectrocatalysis;
  • Heterojunction nanocomposites;
  • Nanomaterials for environmental applications;
  • Other studies of nanomaterials associated with photocatalysis.

Dr. Yajun Wang
Dr. Mingxuan Sun
Dr. Zhiwu Chen
Guest Editors

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  • photocatalysis
  • photoelectrocatalysis
  • environmental applications
  • water splitting
  • carbon dioxide reduction
  • hydrogen peroxide production
  • nanomaterials and nanocomposites
  • metal oxides, metal sulfide, and metal-organic frameworks (MOF)

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Novel Semiconductor Cu(C3H3N3S3)3/ZnTiO3/TiO2 for the Photoinactivation of E. coli and S. aureus under Solar Light
Nanomaterials 2023, 13(1), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano13010173 - 30 Dec 2022
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The use of semiconductors for bacterial photoinactivation is a promising approach that has attracted great interest in wastewater remediation. The photoinactivator Cu-TTC/ZTO/TO was synthesized by the solvothermal method from the coordination complex Cu(C3H3N3S3)3 (Cu-TTC) [...] Read more.
The use of semiconductors for bacterial photoinactivation is a promising approach that has attracted great interest in wastewater remediation. The photoinactivator Cu-TTC/ZTO/TO was synthesized by the solvothermal method from the coordination complex Cu(C3H3N3S3)3 (Cu-TTC) and the hybrid semiconductor ZnTiO3/TiO2 (ZTO/TO). In this study, the effect of photocatalyst composition/concentration as well as radiation intensity on the photoinactivation of the gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli and the gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus in aqueous solutions was investigated. The results revealed that 25 mg/mL of photoinactivator, in a Cu-TTC:ZTO/TO molar ratio of 1:2 (w/w%) presents a higher rate of bacterial photoinactivation under simulated solar light (λ = 300–800 nm) in comparison to the individual components. The evidence of this study suggests that the presence of the Cu(C3H3N3S3)3 coordination complex in the ZnTiO3/TiO2 hybrid semiconductor would contribute to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are essential to initiate the bacterial photoinactivation process. Finally, the results obtained allow us to predict that the Cu-TTC/ZTO/TO photocatalyst could be used for effective bacterial inactivation of E. coli and S. aureus in aqueous systems under simulated solar light. Full article
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