New and Future Developments in Catalysis

1st Edition

Solar Photocatalysis

Editors: Steven Suib
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444538727
eBook ISBN: 9780444538734
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 29th July 2013
Page Count: 492
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New and Future Developments in Catalysis is a package of seven books that compile the latest ideas concerning alternate and renewable energy sources and the role that catalysis plays in converting new renewable feedstock into biofuels and biochemicals. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic processes will be discussed in a unified and comprehensive approach. There will be extensive cross-referencing within all volumes.

The use of solar energy during various catalytic chemical processes for the production of an array of chemical products is the theme of this volume. Photocatalysis is a topic of increasing importance due to its essential role in many of today’s environmental and energy source problems. The use of solar energy for catalytic reactions results in a carbon dioxide–neutral process. All photocatalytic processes and the future developments in this area are discussed, including an economic analysis of the various processes.

Key Features

  • Offers in-depth coverage of all catalytic topics of current interest and outlines future challenges and research areas
  • A clear and visual description of all parameters and conditions, enabling the reader to draw conclusions for a particular case
  • Outlines the catalytic processes applicable to energy generation and design of green processes


Chemists, chemical engineers, and biochemical engineers working in academic and government research; academics, research students, post graduate and graduate students in these areas of study; materials scientists, environmental engineers, biochemists, petroleum engineers, post graduate and research students in these areas

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Heterogeneous Photocatalysis: Basic Approaches and Terminology

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Photophysical Processes in Solid Photocatalysts and Photoinduced Molecular Transformations on Their Surface

1.3 Photogeneration, Recombination, and Trapping of Charge Carriers in Photoactive Solids

1.4 Impact of Catalysis on Photocatalysis

1.5 Impact of Photochemistry on Photocatalysis

1.6 Concluding Remarks and Notes


Chapter 2. Light Activated Processes with Zeolites: Recent Developments

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Organic Photochemistry within Zeolites

2.3 Zeolite-Based Quantum Dot (QD) Materials Relevant to Solar Energy Applications

2.4 Photocatalysis Facilitated by Zeolite

2.5 Environmental Photochemistry with Zeolites

2.6 Novel Optical Materials Using Zeolites


Chapter 3. Photocatalysts for Solar Energy Conversion

3.1 Introduction

3.2 CO2 Photoconversion Into Light Hydrocarbons

3.3 Hydrogen Production by Water Splitting

3.4 Hydrogen Production by Biomass Conversion

3.5 Hydrogen Production by Glycerol Conversion

3.6 Conclusions


Chapter 4. Solar Energy Conversion Using Single-site Photocatalysts

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Characterizations and Photocatalytic Reactions on Single-Site Ti4+-Containing Catalysts

4.3 Characterizations and Photocatalytic Reactions on Single-Site Cr6+-Containing Catalysts

4.4 Photocatalytic Performances of Single-Site Cr6+- and Ti4+-Containing Binary System

4.5 Conclusions


Chapter 5. Principle of Photocatalysis and Design of Active Photocatalysts


5.1 Introduction

5.2 What is Photocatalysis?

5.3 Photocatalytic Activity



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About the Editor

Steven Suib

Steve Suib is one of the leading figures in solid-state catalysis and renewable systems in the US. His 450 publications, 40 patents, and authorship on multiple books on the topic of catalysis is proof of this, as is his distinguished Professor status. He is also editor for Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, which puts him in a perfect position to keep abreast with current developments in the area. He has been a prominent and prolific catalysis researcher for many years encompassing all aspects of the fields from synthesis, characterization, catalysis, to applications. He easily works in both basic fundamental academic research as well as applied industrial research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Director, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, USA His expertise is in the field of solid state inorganic chemistry including studies of zeolites and microporous materials; physical chemistry; environmental chemistry including green syntheses, heterogeneous catalysis; plasma chemistry and catalysis; semiconductors; inorganic photochemistry; photocatalysis; batteries; ceramics. Preparation and characterization of these systems using structural, crystallographic, surface, electrochemical, luminescence, microscopic and EPR techniques.


"Photo-assisted catalysis uses ultraviolet and/or visible light to excite state species in the active phase of the reaction, and chemists and materials scientists here focus on such synthesis using sunlight. Among their topics are photocatalysis for solar energy conversion, self-clearing materials based on solar photocatalysis, the solar photocatalytic disinfection of bacteria, the role of advanced analytical techniques in designing and characterizing improved catalysts for water oxidation…" --Reference & Research Book News, December 2013