Commemorative Special Issue for Prof. Dr. David Ollis

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Photocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 150

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1. Institute for Technical Chemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, 30167 Hannover, Germany
2. Laboratory of Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials, Saint-Petersburg State University, Ulyanovskaya Str. 1, Peterhof, 198504 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Interests: photocatalysis; self-cleaning; super hydrophilic; antibacterial surfaces; metal and semiconductor particles; nanocrystalline transparent coatings; functional test according to DIN; CEN and ISO
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Management of Water Resources, Technion, Haifa 3200003, Israel
Interests: selective photocatalysis; transient IR spectroscopy of photoactive materials; water treatment by combined AOP and biotreatment approaches; origin of life
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Cyprus University of Technology, Corner of Athinon and Anexartisias 57, P.O. Box 50329, 3603 Lemesos, Cyprus
Interests: catalysis; cyanotoxins and cyanobacteria; advanced oxidation technologies; water reclamation processes; UV; solar light nanotechnology; oxidants
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Redox Technologies, Inc., Western University Research Park, 100 Colip Circle, London, ON, Canada
Interests: photochemistry; photocatalysis; advanced oxidation technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We wish to announce a Special Issue of Catalysts dedicated to commemorating the remarkable contributions and enduring legacy of Professor David F. Ollis. A distinguished figure in the field of chemical engineering and a cherished colleague and mentor, Professor Ollis left an indelible mark on academia through his intellect, innovation, and unwavering commitment to education and research. His seminal textbook, "Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals," co-authored with James Bailey, transformed the landscape of chemical engineering education, laying the foundation for the integration of biology into the discipline. Also, the publications of Professor Ollis in the first half of 1980s in the Journal of Catalysis, as well as in Environmental Science and Technologies, triggered widespread international interest in the study of photocatalysis.

In honor of Professor Ollis’ extraordinary contributions, this Special Issue invites researchers and scholars to submit original research articles, reviews, and perspectives that reflect the breadth and depth of his scholarly interests and impact. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advances in biochemical engineering and catalysis;
  • Photocatalytic purification of air and water: innovations and applications;
  • Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and engineering related to catalysis or enzymes;
  • Sustainable catalytic technologies and solutions for environmental challenges;
  • Semiconductor photochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and photocatalysis for environmental catalysis applications: water treatment, air treatment, self-cleaning, disinfection, anti-corrosion effects, etc.;
  • Development of materials and nanomaterials: photocatalyst preparation, doping and co-doping, spectral range broadening for solar application, photocatalyst-sorbent combination, novel supports for photocatalysts, etc.;
  • Molecular and nanostructured solar cells;
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells and fuel cells;
  • Perovskite solar cells;
  • Solar fuel production: e.g. H2, CH4, etc.;
  • Dynamics of photo-induced energy and/or electron transfer in catalysis;
  • Fundamental investigations into semiconductors and nanostructures in catalysis: mechanistic studies, modeling, microchemical systems, etc.

We welcome contributions from colleagues, collaborators, and admirers of Ollis’ work. We also welcome contributions from researchers attending the 28th International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies for the Treatment of Water, Air, and Soil.

In commemorating the life and contributions of Professor David F. Ollis, this Special Issue serves as a tribute to his enduring legacy and profound influence on the field of chemical engineering and beyond.

Prof. Dr. Detlef W. Bahnemann
Prof. Dr. Yaron Paz
Dr. Maria G. Antoniou
Dr. Hussain Al-Ekabi
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Manuscript Submission Information

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  • photocatalysis
  • photocatalysts
  • semiconductors
  • photocatalysis for environmental catalysis applications
  • catalytic purification of air and water
  • solar cells
  • perovskite
  • mechanistic studies and modeling

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