Special Issue "Advances in Catalysis and Photocatalysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 10896
Interests: functional photocatalytic materials; heterogeneous photocatalysis; reaction engineering and reactor design; photocatalytic CO2 conversion; water splitting and hydrogen production
Photocatalysts have been extensively investigated for their promising characteristics for hydrogen production through water-splitting processes; flared gas mitigation; the production of green fuels such as CH4, CH3OH, synthesis gas, and higher hydrocarbons via CO2 reduction; air and water treatment; and the degradation of various classes of organic and inorganic contaminants. Recently, the synthesis of suitable photocatalysts with higher photoactivity and selectivity while functional under solar energy has emerged as a highly desirable target. The structural features of photocatalysts can be further tuned to improve their photostability, selectivity, light absorption efficiency, and photocatalytic performance.
The efficiency of photocatalysts under UV and visible light can be enhanced through different approaches, such as doping semiconductor lattice with metal and/or non-metal elements in order to minimize charge recombination with higher light absorption. Moreover, the synthesis of innovative photocatalysts such as bimetallic and trimetallic semiconductors, layered double hydroxide (LDH), Perovskites and metallic organic frameworks (MOFs) as single materials and as composites makes materials easily recoverable and recyclable for subsequent runs. In addition, photocatalytic reactor design is considered to be another important factor that can maximize the utilization of light energy to obtain a higher quantum yield and product selectivity. Band engineering, surface functionalization, heterojunction formation, and parameter optimization are other important aspects of photocatalysis to maximize efficiency and productivity. Due to the interesting potentiality of photocatalysts, original studies on new and efficient catalytic devices for energy and environmental applications are of interest.
The aim of this Special Issue is to offer an overview and comprehensive description of state-of-the-art advances in the field of photocatalysts for water splitting, CO2 utilization, and pollutant degradation. Our aim is to gather contributions from the most significant researchers in this field to this Special Issue. Research or review articles which cover innovative aspects and technologies related to heterogeneous catalysis and photoreactor design will be welcome.
Dr. Muhammad Tahir
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- synthesis and application of photocatalysts for energy and environment applications
- structured photocatalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction applications
- functional nanomaterials for photocatalytic steam reforming, dry reforming and bioreforming applications
- heterojunction and nanocomposite photocatalysts for environmental applications
- physical and chemical characterizations of photocatalysts
- functionalization procedures and surface modifications of photocatalysts
- photocatalytic reaction engineering and kinetic modeling for water splitting and CO2 reduction
- photocatalysis reaction mechanisms
- photocatalytic wastewater treatment