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Nanosized Photocatalytic Materials 2013

Call for Papers

Recently, the research on semiconductor photocatalytic materials has attracted worldwide interests because of their potential in solving global energy and environmental problems by effective utilization of solar energy. However, the photocatalytic activity of semiconductor photocatalysts should be further improved from the utilitarian and commercial viewpoints. Nanoscale and nanostructured photocatalytic materials with novel properties (e.g., enhanced light absorption, quantum confinement, high specific surface area and tunable surface-to-volume ratio, hierarchical porous structures, etc.) create tremendous opportunities in extending their applications in various fields such as water and air purifications, photocatalytic disinfection, photocatalytic hydrogen generation, and dye-sensitized solar cells. A rapid growth of these applications indicates a need for the assessment of potential risk of nanomaterials to environment and organisms.

The recent advances in the area of nanosized photocatalytic materials inspired us to edit this special issue of Journal of Nanomaterials, which is devoted to their synthesis, characterization, properties, risk assessment, and applications. To achieve this purpose, we cordially invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate further activities in this area and improve our understanding of the key scientific problems in nanosized photocatalytic materials. We are particularly interested in articles describing the new methods for the synthesis of nanosized photocatalytic materials with novel morphology, exposed active facets, and nanoporous structures, which may greatly benefit their photocatalytic performance. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis, surface modification, and recent developments in nanosized photocatalytic materials
  • Synthesis of nanostructured and nanoporous photocatalytic materials with novel morphology
  • Characterization of nanosized photocatalytic materials
  • Electronic properties and photochemistry of nanosized photocatalytic materials
  • Nanosized photocatalytic materials for hydrogen production, solar cells, environmental applications, disinfection, and so on
  • The bioeffects, biosafety, and potential toxicity of nanosized photocatalytic materials

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/jnm/scpa13/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 21 June 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 13 September 2013
Publication DateFriday, 8 November 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Jiaguo Yu, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Guest Editors

  • Christos Trapalis, Institute of Materials Science, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos,” Agia Paraskevi Attikis, Athens, Greece
  • Huogen Yu, Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Wenhong Fan, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Haidian, Beijing, China
  • Hong Liu, Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China