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Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 439–458 | Cite as

Role of Nanoparticles in Photocatalysis

  • D. Beydoun
  • R. Amal
  • G. Low
  • S. McEvoy
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Abstract

The aim of this review paper is to give an overview of the development and implications of nanotechnology in photocatalysis. The topics covered include a detailed look at the unique properties of nanoparticles and their relation to photocatalytic properties. Current applications of and research into the use of nanoparticles as photocatalysts has also been reviewed. Also covered is the utilization of nanoparticles in doped, coupled, capped, sensitized and organic–inorganic nanocomposite semiconductor systems, with an effort to enhance photocatalytic and/or optical properties of commonly used semiconductor materials. The use of nanocrystalline thin films in electrochemically assisted photocatalytic processes has been included. Finally, the use of nanoparticles has made a significant contribution in providing definitive mechanistic information regarding the photocatalytic process.

nanoparticles quantum size photocatalysis dopants sensitization nanocrystalline films 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Particle and Catalyst Technologies, School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial ChemistryThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Environment Protection Authority, Analytical ChemistryLidcombeAustralia
  3. 3.CSIRO Division of Energy Technology, Lucas Heights Science and Technology CentreLucas HeightsAustralia

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