Bio-inspired and biomaterials-based hybrid photocatalysts for environmental detoxification: A review Articles uri icon

authors

  • KUMAR, AMIT
  • SHARMA, GAURAV
  • Naushad, M.
  • Al-Muhtaseb, A.H.
  • GARCIA PE√ĎAS, ALBERTO
  • MOLA, GENENE TESSEMA
  • Si, C.
  • STADLER, FLORIAN J.

publication date

  • February 2020

volume

  • 382

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1385-8947

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-3212

abstract

  • New materials tend to revolutionize scientific community and human race on a larger level. Scientists worldwide have not just been working on some wondrous materials with superior properties but have progressively focused on greener bio-inspired or bio-compatible materials for sustainable development. An increasing number of researchers have been working on using biomaterials as a part of photocatalysts for stability, bio-compatibility, generation of more reactive oxygen species and enhancement of optical absorption. In this review we have focussed on photocatalysts based on biopolymers, biochar, carbons, enzymes and proteins. This review presents various types of bio-inspired nanomaterials and their use as sustainable photocatalysts for degrading various venomous pollutants. The effect of pyrolysis temperature, temperature gradient, feedstock and synthetic route of biochar and carbon on the properties and final performance of derived photocatalysts has also been discussed. The increase in surface area, active adsorption sites, electron shuttling & reservoir properties, high visible absorption, charge separation and biocompatibility have also been elaborated. As far as photocatalytic performance is considered such bio-based photocatalysts are often questioned for their stability under such conditions and poor activity as compared to pure metal-based catalysts. These limitations can be overcome by choice of materials, modifications, new designing routes and coupling of biological methods and photocatalysis for removal of pollutants even from water from waste water treatment plants. [...]

keywords

  • bio-inspired; biopolymers; engineering; environmental pollution; pphotocatalysis; hybrid materials