Special Issue "Nano‐Photocatalytic Materials: Possibilities and Challenges"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: decontamination; disinfection; hydrogen production; photochemistry; photocatalysis; nanometarials
Interests: decontamination; disinfection; hydrogen production; photochemistry; photocatalysis; nanomaterials.
Photocatalysis is one of the most promising processes within the catalysis issue, due to its increasing potential and the possibility of being combined with renewable sunlight energy. There are countless applications, such as hydrogen production from wastewater, decontamination and disinfection of gaseous and water effluents, and more specific applications such as autocleaning surfaces, biosensors, or new chemical synthesis routes. Photoactive semiconductor nanomaterials form the basis of all of these, catalyzing reactions by their capacity to photogenerate charge carriers.
Photocatalysis has progressed, slowly but surely, from the lab stage to establish itself in the worldwide market in certain applications. Small capacity reactors, paints and cements to depollute and disinfect have catapulted into the market. Despite this progress, there remains a need to synthesize even better materials to increase activity and reduce time and application costs. With this aim, the following matters, among others, need further research:
- to obtain larger surface area materials to increase efficiency when supported;
- to control the activity of semiconductor materials when they are added to an inert matrix to retain integrity and durability;
- to increase the life of charge carriers, e.g., by optimizing crystal structures or morphologies;
- to improve the quantum yield or extend the useful spectrum range through, e.g., up-converters.
There is definitely a lot work to do and experiences to share to continue the development of improved photocatalytic nanomaterials. We welcome papers sharing your research and advances in this field for publication in this Special Issue of Nanomaterials.
Dr. José M. Doña-Rodríguez
Dr. Elisenda Pulido-Melián
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- Photocatalytis nanomaterials
- synthesis routes