About this Research Topic
Environmental pollution is a global challenge whose magnitude is ever-increasing due to the rapid pace of urbanization and industrialization. In light of this, offering a clean environment for human beings is pivotal for sustainability. Nano/microstructured photocatalytic materials with intriguing physical and chemical properties have provided numerous opportunities to address the key issues of environmental sustainability.
In the past two decades, significant progress has been made on the design, synthesis, and utilization of photocatalytic materials for environmental applications. These new photocatalytic materials have in different ways enabled various practical applications in the environment sector. The rapid development of materials science and nanotechnology has led to significant advances in understanding the controlled synthesis, photocatalytic mechanism, and structure-activity relationship of photocatalytic materials. The features of photocatalytic materials can be further tailored and engineered to allow for enhanced performance in tackling environmental challenges.
The recent rapid development in the area of photocatalysis for sustainability has inspired this Research Topic. We cordially invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate further research activities in this area and improve our understanding of the key scientific and technological problems in environmental applications of nano/microstructured photocatalytic materials. We are particularly interested in articles describing photocatalytic materials for environmental remediation (wastewater treatment, air pollution control) and for sustainability (green organic synthesis and carbon dioxide conversion). Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Design and synthesis of photocatalytic materials with novel morphology, porous structure, and exposed active sites
• Photocatalytic materials for green chemistry and catalysis
• Photocatalytic materials for CO2 conversion
• Photocatalytic materials for wastewater treatment and air pollution control
• Mechanistic understanding of the photocatalysis process
• Theoretical calculation, simulation, and modeling of related photocatalytic materials
Keywords: Photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, environmental remediation, mechanism
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