Photocatalytic Applications in the Frame of Novel and Unconventional Photocatalytic Materials

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 68

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Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Institute of Chemistry, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
Interests: catalysis; surface chemistry; photocatalysis; carbon nanostructures; green chemistry
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1. Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Institute of Chemistry, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
2. Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Centre 3B, STAR-UBB, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: photocatalysis; ecotoxicology; environment–nanoparticle interaction; photochemistry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photocatalysis is among those research topics that have always directed their interests toward photocatalytic water purification and water-splitting applications. In line with these goals, a set of highly efficient nanostructures made a breakthrough in the field (titania, zinc oxide, and so many more), overshadowing non-conventional materials/composites (e.g., CeF2, MoxC, etc.) and applications (photocatalytic ammonia synthesis, photocatalytic isomerization, sensors based on photocatalysis, etc.). This approach has resulted in photocatalysis now being considered a unidirectional research area, with the same goals remaining unchanged for decades.

The present Special Issue will attempt to create a platform to promote those research findings that are in danger of being overshadowed, as mentioned above. Hence, this Special Issue welcomes contributions (research articles and review papers) which are in line with the following aims:

  • The synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic application of novel photocatalytic materials that have appeared or boomed in the photocatalysis research field in the last 5 years.
  • All types of photocatalysts which are used in applications beyond the photodegradation of pollutants and water splitting (ammonia synthesis, photocatalytic synthesis, CO2 transformation, sensor applications, etc.).
  • The combined application of photocatalytic materials: photodegradation/water splitting, CO2 reduction/organic synthesis, etc.
  • A combination of catalysis (e.g. thermocatalysis, classic catalysis, etc.) and photocatalysis to achieve the same aim: e.g., the synthesis of organic compounds via metal nanoparticle catalysis and their photocatalytic transformation to appropriate isomers.

By exploring and promoting the above-mentioned research topics, the general impression on photocatalysis can be derailed from its narrow-minded status, taking the first step in changing the photocatalysis research area as we now know it.

Prof. Dr. Zoltán Kónya
Dr. Zsolt Pap
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  • photocatalysis
  • synthetic chemistry
  • carbon dioxide
  • nanostructures
  • sensors
  • self-cleaning

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