Special Issue "Advanced Functional Coatings for Photocatalytic and Self-Cleaning Applications"

A special issue of ChemEngineering (ISSN 2305-7084).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Centre of Physics of Minho and Porto Universities, University of Minho, Azurém Campus, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: material science; nanotechnology; thin films; functionalized nanoscale and nanostructured materials and surfaces; photocatalytic coatings (thin films, nanoparticles) with self-cleaning, antifogging, air-purifying, and antibacterial functions; advanced characterization techniques
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Center of Physics, School of Sciences, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: nanotechnology; nanomaterials; surface engineering; smart materials; photocatalytic coatings; nanocomposite coatings; functional thin films; nanostructured surfaces; self-cleaning surfaces
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The goal of this Special Issue, entitled "Advanced Functional Coatings for Photocatalytic and Self-Cleaning Applications", is to explore the most emerging research in the field of photocatalysis and self-cleaning function, and is mainly devoted to applications related to the control and remediation of environmental pollution.

Welcome are all research works that address the novelty and challenges of the improvement of synthesis and characterization methods of new photocatalyst architectures to work under solar light irradiation. For a given application, the new photocatalyst architectures should be able to increase the photodegradation of pollutants in both the gas and liquid phase and also promote the self-cleaning function of photoinduced superhydrophilic or superhydrophobic surfaces.

The potential use of photocatalysis for degradation of pollutants, both in the gas and liquid phase, is enormous, but this issue is particularly focused on applications in which the target is the water or air removal of pollutants; in particular, the use of surfaces functionalized with new photocatalysts, which act as photocatalyst-specific immobilizer supports. Among them, and of particular interest, are the textiles, glass, cements, bituminous and other surfaces that find a massive range of applications in diverse areas, such as the textile industry (for decontamination of industrial effluents), building construction (depollution of building facades, self-cleaning windows, etc.), road pavement industry in which functionalized bituminous surfaces can endorse large-scale degradation of organic compounds adsorbed to their surfaces, or promote air decontamination in large cities where many pollutants are directed released into the environment due to car emissions.

You are all invited to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue, in the form of research papers, communications, or reviews.

Prof. Joaquim Carneiro
Prof. Vasco Teixeira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • synthesis
  • characterization
  • crystalline structure
  • optical properties
  • band gap
  • morphology
  • depollution
  • wastewater treatment
  • air cleaning
  • semiconductor
  • doping
  • photocatalysis
  • self-cleaning
  • functional coating

Published Papers

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