This editorial written for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces looks into the best practices for reporting on hetergeneous photocatalysis. It includes tips for making measurements as well as proper reporting of values and things to watch out for in the literature.
Best Practices for Reporting on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
Heterogeneous photocatalysis is of broad interest in materials chemistry and materials science, particularly with the rapid growth of research attention being directed toward energy-related applications, pollution mitigation, and other related areas of environmental impact.(1) A literature survey reveals more than 9000 papers with the word photocatalyst or photocatalysis in the title published during the last ten years (Source: Web of Science, July 3, 2014), with the number of papers published each year increasing significantly since 2005. The materials and physical chemistry journals of the American Chemical Society receive a significant number of papers in the area of photocatalysis.