Focusing on the basic principles of semiconductor photocatalysis, this book also gives a brief introduction to photochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and homogeneous photocatalysis. In addition, the author - one of the leading authorities in the field - presents important environmental and practical aspects. A valuable, one-stop source for all chemists, material scientists, and physicists working in this area, as well as novice researchers entering semiconductor photocatalysis.
Horst Kisch studied chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria, where he received his Ph.D. in 1969. From 1968 to 1984 he worked at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Strahlenchemie (now Max-Planck-Institut fur Chemische Energiekonversion) in Mulheim a.d. Ruhr, Germany. In 1977 he completed his "habilitation" in Organic Chemistry at the University of Dortmund, Germany, and became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, 1984. He retired in 2008. His research interests were the catalytic activation of 1,2-diazenes by transition metals and physical consequences of weak charge-transfer interactions in redox active ion pair complexes. Recently he was engaged in new organic syntheses photocatalyed by semiconductor powders and in the photofixation of dinitrogen by nanostructured thin films.
INTRODUCTION A Brief History of Photochemistry Catalysis, Photochemistry, Photocatalysis MOLECULAR PHOTOCHEMISTRY Absorption and Emission Intensity of Electronic Transitions Excited States Radiative Lifetimes Energy and Electron Transfer Proton Transfer and Hydrogen Abstraction Photosensitization Rates and Quantum Yields Quenching of Excited States Absorption, Emission, and Excitation Spectra Classification and Reactivity of Excited States MOLECULAR PHOTOCATALYSIS Hydrogenation of 1,3-Dienes Co-Cyclization of Alkynes with Nitriles Enantioselective Trifluoromethylation of Aldehydes Photoinduced Electron Transfer Catalysis Reduction and Oxidation of Water PHOTOELECTROCHEMISTRY Electronic Structure and Nature of Excited States Photocorrosion Interfacial Electron Transfer SEMICONDUCTOR PHOTOCATALYSIS Mechanisms, Kinetics, Adsorption Characterization of Photocatalysts Preparation and Properties of Photocatalysts Type A Reactions Type B Reactions Environmental Aspects Titania in Food and Personal Care Products Photoreactors Index