Cover: Heterogeneous Photocatalysis by Jennifer Strunk

Heterogeneous Photocatalysis

From Fundamentals to Applications in Energy Conversion and Depollution

 

 

Edited by
Jennifer Strunk

 

 

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Preface

It seems so simple: Take a beaker and shine light on it. This is an opinion I have come across occasionally since starting to work in the field of photocatalysis pretty much exactly 10 years ago. Indeed, it may be one way to start. However, if one is active in this research field for a while, it will be unavoidable to face highly complex questions that can only be appropriately addressed with broad interdisciplinary expertise. My own starting point was classical heterogeneous catalysis, but other researchers enter the field of photocatalysis with a background in electrochemistry, material science, or semiconductor physics, to name just a few. I firmly believe that by combination of the different viewpoints, the toolbox of photocatalysis can be fully exploited to develop the solutions for sustainable energy conversion and environmental depollution the world so dearly needs. In this sense, it is the purpose of this book to pave the way toward mutual understanding. Researchers new to the field of photocatalysis can acquire basic knowledge in those research areas still unfamiliar to them. I still remember my early days, when I spent much time searching for literature on electrochemistry relevant for my research. Therefore, I wanted to provide a book where all the most important fundamentals from all fields can be found in one place. Experienced photocatalysis researchers will be able to use this book not only in teaching but also to get an overview over the state of the art in the various target applications. In addition to reviewing the numerous recent scientific articles in their field, all the chapter authors wanted to gain and share new knowledge by combining the various studies into a unified picture. I sincerely hope that new insights and ideas will emerge from this endeavor.

Please allow me to express my deepest gratitude to all my international expert colleagues who contributed their valuable specialist expertise to successfully cover a wide range of topics. And no less, I would like to thank everyone at Wiley-VCH for making this book possible.

Rostock, 18 October 2020

Jennifer Strunk