About this Research Topic
Rapid global industrialization and population growth have resulted in a massive increase in the production of poisonous and hazardous pollutants, which have become a serious environmental problem in both developed and developing countries. Considering this, the design of new, efficient catalytic materials for environmental pollution remediation and clean energy production is vital to continue, sustainable development. In particular, semiconductor photocatalytic technology is a key breakthrough area of research to tackle this problem in light of its ability to enact air and water remediation, hydrogen evolution and facile organic synthetic steps utilizing only natural solar light as the energy source.
In recent years there has been a great deal of research into semiconductor photocatalysis reporting the design and application of a wide range of different materials with vastly different approaches taken to tackling environmental remediation and energy conversion problems. Significant efforts have been made to construct novel structures and multicomponent heterostructured photocatalysts which effectively accelerate the desired reaction. Additionally, great progress has been made in the controlled synthesis, photocatalytic mechanism and structure-activity relationship of photocatalytic materials through experimental and theoretical computational insights. Further understanding of photocatalytic oxidation mechanisms and energy conversion processes is necessary to design efficient and practical photocatalytic materials in tackling environmental challenges. The rapid development of new photocatalytic materials and catalytic oxidation mechanisms has inspired this Research Topic.
We invite researchers to contribute original research articles and review articles that will facilitate further research in this area and improve our understanding of key scientific and technological issues in the environmental remediation and energy conversion of novel nano-catalyst materials. We are particularly interested in describing two-dimensional photocatalytic materials, such as g-C3N4, for environmental remediation (wastewater recovery, air pollution remediation) and photocatalytic nitrogen fixation. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
• Novel two-dimensional photocatalytic materials for air pollution remediation and wastewater recovery
• Design novel photocatalytic materials for solar-driven nitrogen fixation
• Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) for photocatalytic environmental remediation and green organic synthesis
• Experimental and/or theoretical computational insights into catalytic oxidation processes of photocatalytic materials
• Design and synthesis of photocatalysts with special structure, morphology, and active sites
Keywords: Environmental Remediation, Semiconductor Photocatalytic, Photocatalytic Mechanism, Theoretical Calculation
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