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Heterogeneous Photocatalysis

From Fundamentals to Green Applications

  • Juan Carlos Colmenares
  • Yi-Jun Xu

Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Josep Albero, Hermenegildo García
    Pages 1-31
  3. Tanvi Gadgil, Niyaz Ibrayev, Nurxat Nuraje
    Pages 33-61
  4. Elisa I. García-López, Giuseppe Marcì, Leonardo Palmisano
    Pages 63-107
  5. Ren Su, Flemming Besenbacher, Graham Hutchings
    Pages 109-149
  6. Fang-Xing Xiao, Bin Liu
    Pages 151-173
  7. Xin Li, Jiaguo Yu
    Pages 175-210
  8. Paweł Mazierski, Beata Bajorowicz, Ewelina Grabowska, Adriana Zaleska-Medynska
    Pages 211-248
  9. Lan Yuan, Nan Zhang, Yi-Jun Xu, Juan Carlos Colmenares
    Pages 249-282
  10. Kazuya Imamura, Hiroshi Kominami
    Pages 283-320
  11. Qing Guo, Chuanyao Zhou, Zhibo Ma, Zefeng Ren, Hongjun Fan, Xueming Yang
    Pages 361-416

About this book


The book explains the principles and fundamentals of photocatalysis and highlights the current developments and future potential of the green-chemistry-oriented applications of various inorganic, organic, and hybrid photocatalysts. The book consists of eleven chapters, including the principles and fundamentals of heterogeneous photocatalysis; the mechanisms and dynamics of surface photocatalysis; research on TiO2-based composites with unique nanostructures; the latest developments and advances in exploiting photocatalyst alternatives to TiO2; and photocatalytic materials for applications other than the traditional degradation of pollutants, such as carbon dioxide reduction, water oxidation, a complete spectrum of selective organic transformations and water splitting by photocatalytic reduction. In addition, heterogeneized polyoxometalate materials for photocatalytic purposes and the proper design of photocatalytic reactors and modeling of light are also discussed.

This book appeals to a wide readership of the academic and industrial researchers and it can also be used in the classroom for undergraduate and graduate students focusing on heterogeneous photocatalysis, sustainable chemistry, energy conversion and storage, nanotechnology, chemical engineering, environmental protection, optoelectronics, sensors, and surface and interface scienc

Juan Carlos Colmenares is a Professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.

Yi-Jun Xu is a Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, China.


Carbon dioxide deduction Green reaction processes Heterogeneous photocatalysis Modeling of light Photoreactor design Titanium dioxide photocatalyst Water splitting Water oxidation Mechanisms and dynamics of surface photocatalysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Juan Carlos Colmenares
    • 1
  • Yi-Jun Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of PhotocatalysisFuzhou UniversityFuzhouChina

About the editors

Prof. Juan Carlos Colmenares Q. was educated in Colombia through high school, and then moved to Poland in 1991. He graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (Chem.Eng.1995) and obtained his M.Sc. (1997) in Catalysis for Organic Technology and Ph.D. (2004) in Chemical and Material Sciences from the same university and the D.Sc. degree (2015, Habilitation) from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. His interests range from materials science, nanotechnology and heterogeneous catalysis to biomass/CO2 valorisation, solar chemicals, sonication, photocatalysis and water/air purification. After obtaining his Ph.D., he worked at the University of Cordoba, Spain (2005-2006) in Prof. Marinas’s group as a post-doctoral fellow and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA) (2006-2009) in Prof. G.A. Olah (Nobel Prize in Chemistry) group as a post-doctoral research associate. He is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow. He is serving as an expert evaluator for many important scientific journals or institutions as well as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Sustainable Chemical Processes journal (Chemistry Central). He has co-authored more than 50 works in international scientific journals and books, and filed two patent applications.

Prof. Yi-Jun Xu received his Ph.D. in heterogeneous catalysis at the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University,

UK in 2006 with Prof. Graham J. Hutchings (FLSW FRS). From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany. After that, he joined the faculty as a Minjiang Scholar Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, P.R. China. His current research interests are mainly focused on synthesizing nanostructured materials, including graphene-based composites, core-shell nanostructured materials, one-dimensional composites and defective semiconductors, and exploring their various applications in the area of heterogeneous photocatalysis. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He is selected in the top 1% of highly cited authors in Royal Society of Chemistry journals in 2014 and selected in the 2014 China highly cited scholars list of SCOPUS Database. He has published more than 120 works in international scientific journals and books, which include 6 ESI 0.1% hot papers, 34 ESI highly cited papers and 13 papers highlighted as the cover art of different journals. He is serving as an expert evaluator for many important scientific journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
  • Book Subtitle From Fundamentals to Green Applications
  • Editors Juan Carlos Colmenares
    Yi-Jun Xu
  • Series Title Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Green Chemistry Sustainable Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science Chemistry and Material Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-48717-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-56950-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-48719-8
  • Series ISSN 2196-6982
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-6990
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 416
  • Number of Illustrations 125 b/w illustrations, 154 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Catalysis
    Renewable and Green Energy
    Energy Systems
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