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Browse our Special Collection in Photochemistry

Photochemistry is an interdisciplinary field drawing knowledge from various research areas within chemistry, materials science, physics and biology. Throughout this page you will find recent Springer highlights spanning all aspects of photochemistry. Also hear from leading expert Professor Detlef Bahnemann about the latest trends in photochemistry and what the future holds.

Interview with Professor Detlef Bahnemann

DBahnemann © SpringerDetlef Bahnemann is a Professor and Head of the research unit "Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology" at the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany and also Director of the Laboratory "Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials" at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. 

Prof. Bahnemann has edited the volumes "Environmental Photochemistry Part II" and "Environmental Photochemistry Part III" of the Springer book series The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the Springer journal Catalysis Letters.

Enjoy reading about his research and thoughts on what challenges still remain for this exciting field!

Can you tell us about your research specifically that related to photochemistry?

My own research focuses on various aspects of photoelectrochemistry and photocatalysis. In particular, we investigate the basic principles of photocatalytic reactions, develop reactors for the photocatalytic air and water treatment and new (photo)catalysts for the solar photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical fuel synthesis.

Describe your journal and its connection with the photochemistry community?

Catalysis Letters publishes high profile research work in all areas of catalysis, that is, homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, and biocatalysis. Of particular interest to the photochemistry community are homogeneously catalyzed photochemical conversions including water splitting through photoexcited organometallic complexes as well as heterogeneous photocatalytic systems such as the ones studied in my own research teams in Hannover and Saint Petersburg.

How would you define Photochemistry in three sentences?

Photochemistry includes all chemical processes that are initiated by the interaction of substrates with light rather than with thermal energy. Since each photon in the ultra-violet, the visible or even the infrared region of the solar spectrum contains at least one order of magnitude more energy than that required for most thermal processes, photochemical processes can proceed along different (that is high energy) paths as compared with normal chemical reactions. Photochemistry is also the basis for various crucial processes in nature such as photosynthesis and vision.

Why is Photochemistry an important area to study and what benefits can it bring to society?

Photochemistry is an important area to study as it provides one very elegant way to generate short-lived (mostly free radical) intermediates through the absorption of one single photon the investigations of which yield important fundamental knowledge for the fields of chemistry, physics, and biology. The benefits of photochemistry for the society include artificial photosynthesis to produce fuels such as molecular hydrogen and hydrocarbons, photovoltaics to convert solar into electrical energy as well as systems to convert toxic compounds in air (such as nitrous oxides) and water (such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals) into harmless products.

What are today’s hottest trends/topics in Photochemistry and what challenges still remain?

The hottest topics in photochemistry involve all areas of solar energy conversion, that is, perovskite solar cells, photocatalytic water splitting and CO2 fixation systems operating under visible light illumination, and the photochemical synthesis of high value chemicals. The still remaining challenges include the development of photocatalysts as well as of absorbers for photovoltaic devices with long-term stability, the understanding of plasmonic systems, photonic crystals, and, and, and...

Browse Our Highlights!

Free Access to Selected Chapters: The most popular chapters of the selected titles are freely accessible for a limited time.


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Photochemistry: Past, Present and Future​​​​​​​

  • Provides an overview of the history and applications of photochemistry
  • Has a broad scope and is an attractive read for the wider chemical audience
  • Gives an outlook on the future developments in the field of photochemistry
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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Nanostructured Photocatalysts: Advanced Functional Materials 

  • Discusses nanostructure controlled photocatalysts with detailed information on synthesis, characterization, and reactions
  • Contains information about non-TiO2 based photocatalysts as well as modified uses of TiO2
  • The contributors are very active researchers from Asia where photocatalyst research is very hot
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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Elementary Processes in Organic Photovoltaics

  • Presents a technology for renewable energies
  • Covers the results from the DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm "Elementary Process in Organic Photovoltaics"
  • Written by top researchers in the field
  • Most popular chapter Book's metrics

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Solar Energy for Fuels

  • Overview chapters introduce the newcomer to the topic covered
  • Series covers hot topics of frontier research summarized by reputed scientists in the field
  • Volumes are useful and of relevance for a long period of time
  • Most popular chapter​​​​​ | Book's metrics

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Heterogeneous Photocatalysis

  • Discusses the principles and fundamentals of photocatalysis and highlights the potential green-chemistry-oriented applications of nanocomposite photocatalysts
  • Presents research on TiO2-based photocatalysts, especially on the one-dimensional TiO2 nanotube based photocatalysts
  • Introduces the latest advances in exploiting new photocatalyst alternatives to TiO2
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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From Molecules to Materials: Pathways to Artificial Photosynthesis

  • Describes the current state of the natural systems- inspired clean energy conversion technologies
  • Focuses on Nano-Bio hybrid systems
  • Reflects the research of physical, chemical, natural sciences, engineering and strategic planning experts
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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Applied Photochemistry: When Light Meets Molecules

  • Features applications in photochemistry and photophysics
  • Wide ranging topics ranging from energy to medicine, from photochromism to conservation of cultural heritage
  • Pitched at individuals who are new to the field and individuals who need a refresher
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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Photon-Working Switches

  • Introduces various types of photoswitches
  • Explains photoswitches from fundamentals to applications
  • Covers a wide range of sciences related to photoswitches
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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Environmental Photochemistry Part III

  • Updates and completes the successful Parts I and II
  • Considers both fundamental science and applications of photochemical technology
  • Presents some of the latest aspects of research in environmental photochemistry
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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Solar Light Harvesting with Nanocrystalline Semiconductors

  • Introduces readers to nanocrystalline semiconductors for solar light energy conversion
  • Provides a general introduction to the photochemistry of semiconductor nanocrystals, detailed explanations of semiconductor nanophotocatalysis and nanocrystalline semiconductor-based solar cells, and examples for investigation and application of the described systems
  • Offers an honest and critical discussion on perspectives and limitations of photocatalytic processes for solar light conversion, including a historical account
  • Most popular chapter | Book's metrics

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