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Photo-Electro Catalysts for Green Chemistry: Design, Fabrication, and Mechanistic Studies

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The global demand in energy increases by about 20% every decade. This growth in demand not only drains the planet’s limited energy resources but also causes severe environmental damage as the majority of the world still relies on fossil fuels. Green chemistry is one of the most promising approaches in solving the global energy and environmental crises. The green chemistry process aims to eliminate or limit the use of non-renewable resources and unsustainable technologies to either prevent the generation of, or remove, hazardous materials. Photo-electro catalytic processes are key to sustainable chemistry as photons and electrons can be readily obtained from renewable sources. Mechanistic studies of the photo-electro catalytic process are vital to gain insights into the working principles which facilitate the design and development of next generation materials for a sustainable world.

Renewable energy and environmental sustainability are extremely important for the sustainable development of society. Great achievements such as significant advances in chemical syntheses have led to the accurate design of various functional nanomaterials. Searching for advanced photo-electro catalysts may play a critical role in the fields of green energy and environmental sustainability. Research on photo-electro catalysts has spanned from nano- to sub-nano to single-atom catalysts, and has gained global academic interest. Tuning catalysts to achieve the establishment of structure-performance relationships and gain a better understanding of the nature of photo-electro catalysts provides great opportunities for optimization, and broadening their applications in green chemistry. Yet, there are still several challenges in the design and mechanistic study of photo-electro catalysts that need to be addressed. This Research Topic on the “Photo-Electro Catalysts for Green Chemistry: Design, Fabrication, and Mechanistic Studies”, is therefore expected to reflect recent advances and look into future opportunities in this field.

We aim to explore the fundamentals and prospective applications of, and challenges in photo and electro catalysts, aiming to reduce the gap of knowledge and gain a better understanding of sustainable and green chemistry. Potential themes include:

 • Green approaches in the preparation of novel photo and electro catalysts
 • Deep mechanism analysis of photo-electro catalysts involved in sustainable and green chemistry
 • Advances in the detection and removal of environmental contaminants based on photo-electro catalytic reactions
 • Rational design of photo-electro catalysts for emerging applications involving green chemistry


Keywords: electrocatalysts, environmental chemistry, sustainable chemistry, green chemistry, photocatalysis


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The global demand in energy increases by about 20% every decade. This growth in demand not only drains the planet’s limited energy resources but also causes severe environmental damage as the majority of the world still relies on fossil fuels. Green chemistry is one of the most promising approaches in solving the global energy and environmental crises. The green chemistry process aims to eliminate or limit the use of non-renewable resources and unsustainable technologies to either prevent the generation of, or remove, hazardous materials. Photo-electro catalytic processes are key to sustainable chemistry as photons and electrons can be readily obtained from renewable sources. Mechanistic studies of the photo-electro catalytic process are vital to gain insights into the working principles which facilitate the design and development of next generation materials for a sustainable world.

Renewable energy and environmental sustainability are extremely important for the sustainable development of society. Great achievements such as significant advances in chemical syntheses have led to the accurate design of various functional nanomaterials. Searching for advanced photo-electro catalysts may play a critical role in the fields of green energy and environmental sustainability. Research on photo-electro catalysts has spanned from nano- to sub-nano to single-atom catalysts, and has gained global academic interest. Tuning catalysts to achieve the establishment of structure-performance relationships and gain a better understanding of the nature of photo-electro catalysts provides great opportunities for optimization, and broadening their applications in green chemistry. Yet, there are still several challenges in the design and mechanistic study of photo-electro catalysts that need to be addressed. This Research Topic on the “Photo-Electro Catalysts for Green Chemistry: Design, Fabrication, and Mechanistic Studies”, is therefore expected to reflect recent advances and look into future opportunities in this field.

We aim to explore the fundamentals and prospective applications of, and challenges in photo and electro catalysts, aiming to reduce the gap of knowledge and gain a better understanding of sustainable and green chemistry. Potential themes include:

 • Green approaches in the preparation of novel photo and electro catalysts
 • Deep mechanism analysis of photo-electro catalysts involved in sustainable and green chemistry
 • Advances in the detection and removal of environmental contaminants based on photo-electro catalytic reactions
 • Rational design of photo-electro catalysts for emerging applications involving green chemistry


Keywords: electrocatalysts, environmental chemistry, sustainable chemistry, green chemistry, photocatalysis


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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28 December 2020 Abstract
26 April 2021 Manuscript

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26 April 2021 Manuscript

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