Introduction to Photocatalysis

Introduction to Photocatalysis

From Basic Science to Applications

Yoshio Nosaka, Atsuko Nosaka


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Presenting the basic science of semiconductor photocatalysis together with the various practical applications, this textbook is ideal for graduate students. It covers fundamental principles and applicable techniques of light, solid state physics, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, and materials processing. A solid understanding of semiconductor photoelectrochemistry is developed through discussing the basic properties of a representative photocatalytic material, TiO2; the basic science of the light absorption phenomenon and the application to the powder suspension useful for the photocatalytic research; and the electronic state of semiconductors. Following this, the textbook moves on to explore photoelectrochemistry; the mechanism and kinetic analysis of photocatalytic reactions; typical fabrication methods of common photocatalysts and the factors for improving photocatalytic activity; and evaluation methods of photocatalytic activity. The textbook concludes by looking at the future prospects of the applications of photocatalysis. This introductory textbook provides a foundation in photocatalysis to supplement graduate courses in catalysis, environmental science, materials science and chemical engineering.


Yoshio Nosaka:
Yoshio Nosaka is an Emeritus Professor at Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan. His main research areas are physical chemistry of advanced materials, focussing on the fabrication of semiconductor nanoparticles, fabrication of semiconductor photoelectrodes for solar water splitting, and the reaction mechanism of TiO2 photocatalysts.|||Atsuko Nosaka is a former Lecturer at Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan. Her main research areas were in the characterization of water molecules adsorbed on solid and membrane surfaces and the structural characterization of biomolecules mainly by means of NMR spectroscopy.