Photocatalysis, reactions carried out in the presence of a semiconductor and light, is rapidly becoming one of the most active areas of chemical research, with applications in areas such as electrochemistry, medicine, and environmental chemistry, Photocatalysis: Principles and Applications stresses the development of various types of photocatalytic semiconductors, including binary, ternary, quaternary, and composite, and their modifications by metallization, sensitization, and doping to enhance their photocatalytic activities. In addition to describing the principles and mechanisms of photocatalysis, it also discusses other possible applications of photocatalysis such as use as antifouling agents, controlling air pollution by degrading contaminants present in the environment, self-cleaning of glasses and tiles in the presence of light/artificial light, green composites, wastewater treatment, hydrogen generation, and inactivation of microorganisms. The book also describes medical applications and summarizes efforts in the field of photosplitting of water as a newer energy source and photoreduction of carbon dioxide for providing synthetic fuels and also a step towards mimicking photosynthesis.
"…a comprehensive book and, in my opinion, it will prove to be monumental in the field of photocatalysis. I do not feel that any important topic in photocatalysis has remained untouched by the authors."
—P.B. Punjabi, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India
"This book covers all photolytic materials in a very simple way. It also includes a good number of references. Photocatalysis: Principles and Applications is an invaluable reference for those who are studying photolysis in their courses and also for researchers."
—Falah H. Hussein, Babylon University, Hillah, Iraq
3. Binary semiconductors
4. Ternary semiconductors
5. Quaternary semiconductors
11. Hydrogen generation
12. Solar Cells
13. Waste water treatment
14. Reduction of carbon dioxide
15. Artificial photosynthesis
16. Medical applications
17. Other applications
18. Inactivation of microorganisms
20. Future trends