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Special Issue "Novel and Emerging Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production and Decontamination of Pollutants"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Photochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 212

Special Issue Editors

Department of Global Nanotechnology Development Team, National Nanofab Center at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 34141, Republic of Korea
Interests: hydrogen generation; photocatalysis; photoelectrochemical analysis; electrocatalysis; and sensors
Dr. Jun-Mo Yang
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Guest Editor
Department of Global Nanotechnology Development Team, National Nanofab Center at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 34141, Republic of Korea
Interests: real-time Images analysis TEM for photocatalytic water splitting by using a liquid cell device
Nano-Catalysis and Solar Fuels Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa 516005, Andhra Pradesh, India
Interests: photocatalysis; hydrogen generation; and multi-function applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rapid industrial growth and an over-reliance on fossil fuels with high carbon content have led to a number of energy and environmental issues, including resource shortages, water pollution, air pollution, and global climate change. By employing CO2, water, and solar energy for photosynthesis, it is resolved naturally. It has long been believed that natural resources and their derivatives are a type of plentiful renewable carbon-based resource that is utilized as a crucial and reasonably priced feedstock for producing excellent chemicals of the highest grade. An alternative method would be to combine the water reduction process with the oxidation of molecules produced from biomass in order to generate both useful chemicals and green hydrogen energy. Modern technology must be developed to effectively eliminate organic pollutants. transforms garbage and carbon dioxide into compounds that are then used to create high-value renewable fuels. In this setting, solar-powered photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical technologies have become one of the most significant and promising ways to produce green energy and make environmental changes. Due to its low cost, favorable reaction conditions, and great efficiency, solar energy is also gaining popularity as a means of reducing CO2 emissions and waste.

This Special Issue intends to gather innovative thinking on the controlled synthesis of cutting-edge nanomaterials for extremely effective photocatalytic, electrocatalytic, and photoelectrochemical and removal of organic pollutants and fuel generation such as water dissociation, reduction, and oxidation. Additionally, we would want to emphasize recent developments in research on the mechanisms underlying the reduction process, energy conversion, and the photodegradation of organic contaminants in both water and the atmosphere. To support the widespread use of solar photocatalysts technology, investigations that concentrate on the design of associated reaction cells and devices are especially encouraged. This Special Issue's focus includes combining photo electrocatalysis with other environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. This Special Issue welcomes original research articles and reviews for publication.

For this Special Issue, “Novel and Emerging Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production and Decontamination of Pollutants”, we kindly ask that you submit your original research or review papers on (but not limited to):

  • Design and synthesis of novel and emerging photocatalytic/photo-electrocatalytic materials;
  • Design strategies to improve materials performance;
  • Characterization methods for photocatalytic and photo-electrocatalytic properties;
  • Synthesis parameters significantly affect the surface properties of photocatalysts;
  • Nanocomposite photocatalyst for improved charge carrier separation;
  • Preparation of different heterojunction-based photocatalysts for efficient exciton shuttling;
  • Layered structures as efficient photocatalysts for energy and environmental applications;
  • Organic and inorganic hybrid photocatalysts for effective shuttling of electron/hole;  
  • Photocatalytic degradation of indoor gaseous pollutants and water-born pollutants;
  • Photocatalysis for self-cleaning surfaces, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antimould applications;
  • Parametric/mechanistic studies on photocatalytic hydrogen production and degradation of pollutants;
  • Photocatalytic hydrogen generation from biomass-derived crude glycerol and H2S-containing wastewater.

Dr. Vempuluru Navakoteswara Rao
Dr. Jun-Mo Yang
Dr. M. Mamatha Kumari
Guest Editors

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  • photocatalytic/photo electrocatalytic materials
  • surface-interface engineering
  • preparation methods
  • hydrogen generation
  • degradation of aqueous and gaseous pollutants
  • CO2 sequestration and nitrogen fixation
  • disinfection, antimicrobial, nitrogen fixation
  • mechanistic aspects

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