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Waste-derived Materials: Opportunities in Photocatalysis

  • Daily Rodríguez-Padrón
  • Rafael LuqueEmail author
  • Mario J. Muñoz-BatistaEmail author
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  1. Heterogeneous Photocatalysis


Waste-derived materials have been gaining increased attention in recent years due to their great potential and environmentally friendly nature. Several contributions in the literature have covered the advances achieved so far in this area. Nonetheless, to the best of our knowledge, no review has been dedicated specifically to waste-derived or templated photocatalytic materials. Both photocatalysis and (bio)waste-inspired design yield materials of a remarkably green nature. Therefore, the partnership between them may open promising possibilities for both waste valorization and photocatalytic processes, which in turn will lead to sustainable development globally, with the potential for full utilization of renewable energy sources such as biomass and sunlight. Several photocatalytic waste-derived materials, synthetic procedures, and applications will be described throughout this work, including waste-derived/templated TiO2, ZnO, and metal sulfide materials. Special attention will be given to biomass-inspired carbonaceous materials, including carbon quantum dots and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4).


Photocatalysis Nanomaterials Waste Valorization Biomass Green chemistry 



Rafael Luque gratefully acknowledges MINECO for funding project CTQ2016-78289-P, co-financed with FEDER funds. Daily Rodriguez-Padron also gratefully acknowledges MINECO for providing a research contract under the same project. M. J. Muñoz-Batista thanks the “Plan Propio de Investigación-Proyectos de investigación precompetitivos para Jóvenes Investigadores”  from Universidad de Granada and MINECO for a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral contract (ref. FJCI-2016-29014). This publication was prepared with support from RUDN University, Program 5-100.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Química OrgánicaUniversidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  2. 2.Peoples Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)MoscowRussia
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

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