Nanostructured Photocatalysts

Nanostructured Photocatalysts

From Materials to Applications in Solar Fuels and Environmental Remediation

1st Edition - June 6, 2020

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  • Editors: Rabah Boukherroub, Satishchandra B. OGALE, Neil Robertson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128178362
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128178379

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Nanostructured Photocatalysts: From Materials to Applications in Solar Fuels and Environmental Remediation addresses the different properties of nanomaterials-based heterogeneous photocatalysis. Heterogeneous nanostructured photocatalysis represents an interesting and viable technique to address issues of climate change and global energy supply. Sustainable hydrogen (H2) fuel production from water via semiconductor photocatalysis, driven by solar energy, is regarded as a viable and sustainable solution to address increasing energy and environmental issues. Similarly, photocatalytic reduction of CO2 with water for the production of hydrocarbons could also be a viable solution. Sections cover band gap tuning, high surface area, the short diffusion path of carriers, and more.

Key Features

  • Introduces the utilization of nanostructured materials in heterogeneous photocatalysis for hydrogen fuel production via water splitting
  • Explains preparation techniques for different nanomaterials and hybrid nanocomposites, enabling improved sunlight absorption efficiency and enhanced charge separation
  • Assesses the challenges that need to be addressed before this technology can be practically implemented, particularly of identifying cost-effective nanophotocatalysts


Materials Scientists, Energy Engineers, Environmental Scientists, Chemical Engineers, Environmental Chemists

Table of Contents

  • List of contributors
    1 Design of efficient photocatalysts through band gap engineering
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 Band engineering
    1.3 Concluding remarks
    2 Photochemical synthesis of nanoscale multicomponent metal species and their application to photocatalytic and electrochemical water splitting
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Hydrogen evolution reaction cocatalysts
    2.3 Oxygen evolution reaction cocatalysts
    2.4 Summary and outlook
    3 Development of photocatalysts and system optimization for CO2 photoreduction
    3.1 Photocatalytic reduction of CO2
    3.1.1 Introduction
    3.1.2 Principles of CO2 photoreduction
    3.1.3 Modeling of CO2 photocatalytic reduction reactions
    3.2 Titania-based photocatalyst for CO2 photoreduction
    3.2.1 Introduction
    3.2.2 Modification of TiO2-based photocatalyst
    3.3 Nontitania-based inorganic photocatalysts for CO2 photoreduction
    3.3.1 Nanostructured inorganic photocatalysts
    3.3.2 Nanostructured carbon-based photocatalysts
    3.4 Hole scavenger for CO2 photoreduction
    3.4.1 Introduction
    3.4.2 Inorganic hole scavenger
    3.4.3 Organic hole scavenger
    3.5 CO2 photoreduction process development and data collection
    3.5.1 Introduction
    3.5.2 Experimental and analytical examples
    3.5.3 CO2 photoreduction process parameters
    3.5.4 Kinetic modeling and systematic tools for CO2 photoreduction
    3.5.5 CO2 photoreduction product verification
    3.5.6 Summary
    4 Heterogeneous photocatalysis for water purification
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Oxidation mechanism
    4.3 Factors affecting heterogeneous photocatalysis
    4.4 Water purification applications
    4.5 Process sustainability
    4.6 Conclusions and reflections on the directions for future research
    5 Air purification applications using photocatalysis
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Photocatalysis for outdoor and indoor air
    5.3 Operating with solar radiation
    5.4 Operating with artificial light
    5.5 Current standards for evaluation of materials
    5.6 Working with sunlight in outdoor and indoor air
    5.7 Conclusions
    6 Substrate and support materials for photocatalysis
    6.1 Glass
    6.2 Titanium
    6.3 Stainless steel
    6.4 Plastics
    6.5 Textiles
    6.6 Support summary
    6.2 Titanium
    7 Two-dimensional materials for photocatalytic water splitting and CO2 reduction
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Two-dimensional materials for photocatalytic hydrogen generation
    7.3 Two-dimensional materials for photocatalytic CO2 reduction
    7.4 Conclusion and outlook
    8 Photocatalytic inactivation of microorganisms in water
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Fundamental mechanism of photocatalytic disinfection
    8.3 Role of reactive oxygen species
    8.4 Light distribution
    8.5 Effect of water chemistry
    8.6 Nature of the microorganism
    8.7 Water temperature
    8.8 Novel photocatalytic materials
    8.9 Concluding remarks
    9 Plasmon-induced photocatalytic transformations
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Concept of plasmonics and plasmon-induced photocatalysis
    9.3 Nanostructured materials for plasmonic-induced photocatalysis
    9.4 Plasmon-induced photocatalysis: reactions and mechanisms
    9.5 Conclusion and perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: June 6, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128178362
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128178379

About the Editors

Rabah Boukherroub

Rabah Boukherroub is Research Director Group Leader at the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, University of Lille, France. His research interests are in the area of synthesis of functional nanomaterials (metal and semiconductor nanoparticles, semiconductor nanowires, graphene, carbon dots, etc.), surface chemistry, and photophysics of semiconductor/metal nanostructures with emphasis on biosensors and lab-on-chip applications, drug delivery, and development of new tools for studying molecular dynamics in vivo.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, CNRS, Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, University Lille

Satishchandra B. OGALE

Ogale Satishchandra is Professor at the Centre for Clean and Renewable Energy, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), India. His research interests include Solar Energy, Energy Storage, Graphene and Functional Carbon

Affiliations and Expertise

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411008, India and Research Institute for Sustainable Energy (RISE), TCG-Centres of Research and Edication in Science and Technology, Sector V, Salt lake, Kolkata-700091, India

Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson is Professor at the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is a Chartered Chemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK

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