Special Issue "Photon Driven Dynamics at Surfaces"

A special issue of Surfaces (ISSN 2571-9637).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Kurt W. Kolasinski
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA 19383 USA
Interests: dynamical processes at the surfaces of metals; electrochemical; laser-assisted processes; nanoscale and larger structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photon absorption at surfaces and interfaces leads to extremely rapid heating and/or the creation of non-equilibrium electron distributions. The rapid and precise deposition of energy into the system can be used to affect chemical and structural transformations leading to the formation not only of chemical reaction products but also nanoparticles and nanostructures.

The harvesting of solar radiation to stimulate chemical reactions is a burgeoning field. Of particular interest are applications of solar irradiation to drive the formation of energy carriers, i.e., solar fuels, such as H2 or liquid hydrocarbons. Water splitting, as well as CO2 reduction and artificial photosynthesis, among other reactions are actively being investigated. Laser irradiation with short-pulsed lasers facilitates the probing of reactions in a time-resolved manner to reveal intricate dynamical details of reactions on the surfaces of both semiconductors and metals. At higher intensity lasers can drive non-linear phenomena as well as structural transformations associated with surface atom mobility and eventually ablation. Laser ablation in liquids efficiently produces nanoparticles by the simultaneous stimulation of surface atom ejection and chemical reactions.

The aim of this Special Issue is to offer an open-access forum where researchers in the field of surface science, photochemistry and materials science can highlight significant advances made possible by the application of the surface science approach to heterogeneous photochemistry and laser driven structural transformations. In this Special Issue, papers addressing both basic science and more applied topics in the fields of photochemistry, photocatalysis, energy conversion, laser/surface interactions and laser ablation are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Kurt W. Kolasinski
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Photocatalysis, laser ablation, photon stimulated desorption and photon driven processes
  • In-situ and operando techniques for the study of photon stimulated dynamics
  • Structural and chemical characterization materials surfaces
  • Materials for photoelectrochemical energy conversion
  • Model and Real world photo- and photoelectro-catalysts
  • Computational studies and modeling

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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