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Recent Advances and Applications of Semiconductor Photocatalytic Technology

Zhang, Fubao and Wang, Xianming and Liu, Haonan and Liu, Chunli and Wan, Yong and Long, Yunze and Cai, Zhongyu (2019) Recent Advances and Applications of Semiconductor Photocatalytic Technology. Applied Sciences, 9 (12). p. 2489. ISSN 2076-3417

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Along with the development of industry and the improvement of people’s living standards, peoples’ demand on resources has greatly increased, causing energy crises and environmental pollution. In recent years, photocatalytic technology has shown great potential as a low-cost, environmentally-friendly, and sustainable technology, and it has become a hot research topic. However, current photocatalytic technology cannot meet industrial requirements. The biggest challenge in the industrialization of photocatalyst technology is the development of an ideal photocatalyst, which should possess four features, including a high photocatalytic efficiency, a large specific surface area, a full utilization of sunlight, and recyclability. In this review, starting from the photocatalytic reaction mechanism and the preparation of the photocatalyst, we review the classification of current photocatalysts and the methods for improving photocatalytic performance; we also further discuss the potential industrial usage of photocatalytic technology. This review also aims to provide basic and comprehensive information on the industrialization of photocatalysis technology.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zhang, Fubao
Wang, Xianming
Liu, Haonan
Liu, Chunli
Wan, Yong
Long, Yunze
Cai, Zhongyuzhc35@pitt.eduzhc35
Date: 19 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Sciences
Volume: 9
Number: 12
Publisher: MDPI AG
Page Range: p. 2489
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/app9122489
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Chemistry
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: photocatalysis, application, reaction mechanism, preparation method, catalyst modification, application
ISSN: 2076-3417
Official URL:
Funders: National Natural Science Foundation of China
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 19 May 2021 18:18
Last Modified: 19 May 2021 18:18


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