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Covering all major aspects of photocatalysis, including the latest findings and insights on catalyst design, kinetic studies, and reactor engineering, this is a semi-empirical how-to guide, based on the authors' extensive experience and a thorough scan of the existing literature. Each chapter contains relevant examples and exercises, making the material suitable for university courses, while this knowledge is polished up to the engineering stage allowing its application in real reactors and purification units, with commercially produced reactors also considered.
Table of Contents
Introduction BASICS OF PHOTOCATALYTIC REACTIONS Physiochemical Principles of the Photocatalyst Operation Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Photocatalysts Main Terminology in Photocatalysis HETEROGENEOUS PHOTOCATALYSTS DESIGN Constituents Effect Textural Properties Mesoporous Photocatalysts PHOTOCATALYSIS IN THE NATURE PHOTOCATALYTIC CONVERSION OF SOLAR ENERGY Artificial Photocatalytic Systems Mimicking the Natural Photosynthesis PHOTOCATALYTIC OXIDATION Species Driving Oxidation Typical Elementary Stages Major Routes of Oxidation in Liquid Phase Major Routes of Oxidation in Gas Phase KINETICS OF PHOTOCATALYTIC OXIDATION Gas Phase Reactions Liquid Phase Reactions ANTIPATHOGENIC PROPERTIES OF PHOTOCATALYTIC OXIDATION Activity against Bacteria and Fungi Activity against Viruses Mechanisms of Inactivation PHOTOCATALYTIC REDUCTION Hydrogen Production Metals Recovery PHOTOELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESSES Unsensitized Photoelectrodes Sensitization for Solar Cells PHOTOCATALYTIC SYNTHESIS PHOTOCATALYTIC REACTOR ENGINEERING Key Principles and Equations Examples of Reactors APPLICATIONS OF PHOTOCATALYTIC PROCESSES Air Purification and Disinfection Water Purification and Disinfection Self Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces Walter Splitting Photoelectrochemical Cells