Special Issue "Nanostructured Photocatalysts for Energy Conversion and Environmental Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Cameron Shearer
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Interests: photocatalysis; nanomaterials; characterization; photovoltaics; hydrogen production; renewable energy; remediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sunlight is the most abundant energy source on Earth, yet it is still underutilized in chemical synthesis. The best use of sunlight, currently, is in the field of photovoltaics, but the energy converted must be used immediately or stored in batteries.

If sunlight were used for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen by water splitting, then the converted energy would be stored in hydrogen molecules and could be stored indefinitely or transported worldwide. Photocatalysis for energy conversion is not limited to hydrogen production but can also be applied in the conversion of any substance to a fuel, with the conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons being a goal of this field.

Photocatalysis can also be used in environmental remediation strategies, such as the destruction of airborne pollutants, breakdown of industrial effluents, or mineralization of toxic products in waterways.

With the development of high-energy LEDs with low power consumption, photocatalytic reactions may not even require sunlight for them to be more economically advantageous than such typical industrial processes as the use of high temperatures or pressures.

This Special Issue is focused on developments in photocatalysts and photocatalysis for energy conversion and environmental remediation. Submissions focused on research that addresses how to improve the efficiency and light absorption or reduce the cost of photocatalysts are welcome, along with those examining the application of photocatalysis in the production of fuels such as hydrogen or methanol, or the destruction of contaminants such as pesticides, NOx, or perfluorinated substances.

Dr. Cameron Shearer
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • photocatalysis
  • energy conversion
  • environmental remediation
  • nanomaterials
  • hydrogen production
  • organic breakdown

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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