Graphitic carbon nitride-based composites for photocatalytic abatement of emerging pollutants

Shabnam Taghipour, Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani, Seiyed Mossa Hosseini, King Lun Yeung

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Worldwide water and energy crisis can severely affect the human life and ecosystem. Among various serious problem, water pollution is undeniable. A considerable volume of hazardous and polluted wastewater is being discharged into surface waters globally which contain new emerging pollutants. To meet the objective of confronting water pollution and to obtain potable water for human beings and the whole ecosystem, advent and genesis of novel, clean and sustainable materials are urgently required. In the current chapter, different emerging pollutants, and mechanisms of photocatalytic reactions in degradation of these contaminants are described in detail. Afterward, graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) is introduced as a novel, inexpensive, efficient, environmentally friendly, and easily accessible material for photocatalytic abatement of water and wastewater pollution. Moreover, the effects of different morphologies and the synthesis methods of g-C3N4 for water purification, defects of g-C3N4, and the available methods for minimization of these defects are described thoroughly. Finally, by taking account the remarkable properties of g-C3N4, photocatalytic applications of g-C3N4 in abatement of various contaminants are mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanostructured Carbon Nitrides for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Applications
EditorsShamik Chowdhury, Mu. Naushad
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9780128241677
ISBN (Print)9780128239612
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Emerging pollutant
  • g-CN
  • Photocatalyst
  • Water


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