Guest Editors: Prof. Shuang-Feng Yin College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, Hunan, China
Research Interests: Photocatalytic nanomaterials; Green synthesis chemistry; Utilization of low carbon alkanes
Prof. Chak-Tong Au College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Institute of Engineering, Xiangtan 411104, Hunan, China
Research Interests: Photocatalysis; New catalytic materials; Environmental catalysis, etc.
Prof. Huaming Li Institute for Energy Research, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu, China
Research Interests: Photocatalytic materials; Clean utilization of fossil energy; Synthesis and application of ionic liquids
Special Issue Information Photocatalysis has been regarded as one of the most promising green techniques for resolving issues related to energy shortage and environmental crisis. Although the photocatalytic technology was not widely researched in the last century, the development in various academic fields, such as material science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology, has led to a rapid research progress in photocatalysis in the 21st century. Because photocatalysts play the most vital role in photocatalysis, the research and development of highly efficient photocatalysts is pivotal to the development of photocatalytic technology.
Over the last few years, researchers have conducted detailed studies of the theories and methods for photocatalyst design, strategies for high-efficiency separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs, modifications and theoretical modeling of surface/interface structures of photocatalysts, and in situ characterization of photocatalytic reactions at high spatio-temporal resolution. In addition, the continuous development from UV-responsive photocatalysts to both visible-light- and full-spectrum-responsive photocatalysts has been noteworthy. With the continuous enhancement of the separation and utilization efficiencies of photogenerated carriers, photocatalytic technologies have been increasingly progressing toward successful practical applications; the industrialization of certain results of photocatalysis research has already been realized.
In this special issue, researchers from all over the world have been invited to present the latest findings in the research on photocatalyst in order to provide a theoretical basis and technical guidance for the rational design, large-scale preparation, and industrial applications of highly efficient photocatalysts.
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