Special Issue "Nanomaterials for Environmental Photocatalysis"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Nanoscience and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 December 2023 | Viewed by 71

Special Issue Editor

Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Interests: nanomaterials; functional materials; water splitting; photocatalysis; electrocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the rapid growth of the global economy and industrialization, the demand for energy is insatiable. The energy used in our daily life and in industry largely comes from fossil fuel sources; these are non-renewable and this reliance leads to heavy environmental pollution. It is urgent to develop renewable energy sources as alternatives with low or no environmental impact on our society. Apart from the development of cost-effective energy conversion and storage processes, technologies such as the removal of VOCs, water treatment, and others are also required in order to achieve a carbon-neutral society for a sustainable future. In general, the key to this future scenario is to develop highly efficient nano-catalysts, especially for use in applications related to the environment.

The development of highly efficient energetic and environmental catalysts, including the controllable synthesis of novel nano-catalysts for performance optimization, depends on the characterization and theoretical investigation of the catalytic process and the setup of devices. In addition, the development of solutions to environmental issues requires more collaborative efforts involving the disciplines of materials science, chemistry, physics, computational modelling/simulation, and other related research fields.

This research topic has been organized to invite high-quality research articles, including both in experimental and theoretical studies, towards the development of catalysts for the environment. Original research papers, reviews, mini-reviews, and perspectives sharing and discussing the latest developments, conclusions reached so far, and future trends in this field are also highly welcome.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Functional materials, novel synthesis, nanomaterials;
  • Photocatalysis;
  • Water treatment;
  • VOCs;
  • Fuel cells;
  • Electrochemical synthesis of value-added chemicals;
  • Water/seawater splitting;
  • Electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction;
  • Ex situ/in situ/operando techniques for the energy conversion and storage processes.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Yongfa Zhu
Guest Editor

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  • environmental
  • photocatalysis
  • electrocatalysis
  • VOCs
  • water treatment
  • nanomaterials
  • carbon neutrality
  • theoretical calculations
  • components and devices

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