Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews (J PHOTOCH PHOTOBIO C)

Publisher: Nihon Shashinka Kyōkai, Elsevier

Journal description

The international journal, Photochemistry Reviews, as the official journal of the Japanese Photochemistry Association, provides a forum for mutual communication among scientists in various fields of photochemistry and aims to promote new interdisciplinary fields. The scope includes fundamental molecular photochemistry in gas, liquid, and solid phases, organic photochemistry, inorganic photochemistry, supramolecular photochemistry, photochemical aspects of photosynthesis and photobiology, photoelectrochemistry, photocatalysis, solar energy conversion, photochemical devices, photofabrication, photofunctionalization, new chemistry for photonics, and other related areas.

Current impact factor: 16.09

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 16.091
2013 Impact Factor 11.625
2012 Impact Factor 8.069
2011 Impact Factor 10.36
2010 Impact Factor 10.81
2009 Impact Factor 7.952
2008 Impact Factor 5.36
2007 Impact Factor 5.731
2006 Impact Factor 7.32
2005 Impact Factor 8.167

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 14.82
Cited half-life 6.90
Immediacy index 2.20
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 3.63
Website Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C: Photochemistry Reviews website
Other titles Journal of photochemistry and photobiology., Photochemistry reviews
ISSN 1389-5567
OCLC 44806989
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Carotenoids are essential pigments in natural photosynthesis. They absorb in the blue–green region of the solar spectrum and transfer the absorbed energy to (bacterio-)chlorophylls, and so expand the wavelength range of light that is able to drive photosynthesis. This process is an example of singlet–singlet energy transfer and so carotenoids serve to enhance the overall efficiency of photosynthetic light reactions. Carotenoids also act to protect photosynthetic organisms from the harmful effects of excess exposure to light. In this case, triplet–triplet energy transfer from (bacterio-)chlorophyll to carotenoid plays a key role in this photoprotective reaction. In the light-harvesting pigment–protein complexes from purple photosynthetic bacteria and chlorophytes, carotenoids have an additional role, namely the structural stabilization of those complexes. In this article we review what is currently known about how carotenoids discharge these functions. The molecular architecture of photosynthetic systems will be outlined to provide a basis from which to describe the photochemistry of carotenoids, which underlies most of their important functions in photosynthesis. Then, the possibility to utilize the functions of carotenoids in artificial photosynthetic light-harvesting systems will be discussed. Some examples of the model systems are introduced.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.07.004
  • Xiangchao Meng · Zisheng Zhang · Xingang Li
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.07.003
  • Xiujuan Wu · Fei Li · Biaobiao Zhang · Licheng Sun
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    ABSTRACT: Artificial photosynthesis is considered a promising method to produce clean and renewable energy by sunlight. To accomplish this aim, development of efficient and robust catalysts for water oxidation and hydrogen production is extremely important. Owing to the advantages of easily modified structures and traceable catalytic processes, molecular water oxidation catalysts (WOCs) attract much attention during the past decade. However, the transformation of molecular WOCs to metal oxides/hydroxides or metal ions may occur under the harsh catalytic conditions, making the identification of true active species difficult. In this article, recent progress on molecular complexes acting as real catalysts or precursors toward water oxidation was briefly reviewed. We summarized the commonly used physical techniques and chemical methods that enable to distinguish homogeneous catalysts from heterogeneous catalysts. The factors that affect the nature of WOCs, such as reaction conditions, transition metal centers, and supporting ligands were discussed as well.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.07.002
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    ABSTRACT: TiO2-based photocatalysis has become a viable technology in various application fields such as (waste)water purification, photovoltaics/artificial photosynthesis, environmentally friendly organic synthesis and remediation of air pollution. Because of the increasing impact of bad air quality worldwide, this review focuses on the use and optimization of TiO2-based photocatalysts for gas phase applications. Over the past years various specific aspects of TiO2 photocatalysis have been reviewed individually. The intent of this review is to offer a broad tutorial on (recent) trends in TiO2 photocatalyst modification for the intensification of photocatalytic air treatment. After briefly introducing the fundamentals of photocatalysis, TiO2 photocatalyst modification is discussed both on a morphological and an electronic level from the perspective of gas phase applications. The main focus is laid on recent developments, but also possible opportunities to the field. This review is intended as a solid introduction for researchers new to the field, as well as a summarizing update for established investigators.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 07/2015; 24:64-82. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.07.001
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    ABSTRACT: ‘Supramolecular Photochemistry’ (SP) deals with a study of the properties of molecules in their excited states where the medium plays a significant role. While ‘Molecular Photochemistry’ (MP) deals with studies in isotropic solution, the SP deals with reactant molecules that interact weakly with their surroundings. The surroundings in general are highly organized assemblies such as crystals, liquid crystals, micelles, host-guest structures etc. The behavior of exited molecules in SP unlike in isotropic solution is controlled not only by their inherent electronic and steric properties but also by the immediate surroundings. The weak interactions that control the chemistry include van der Walls, hydrophobic, C-H---π, π---π and several types of hydrogen bonds. In this review the uniqueness of SP compared to MP is highlighted with examples chosen from reactions in crystals, micelles and host-guest assemblies. In spite of distinctly different structures (crystals, micelles etc.) the influence of the medium could be understood on the basis of a model developed by G. M. J. Schmidt for photoreactions in crystals. The principles of reaction cavity model are briefly outlined in this review. There are a few important features that are specific to SP. For example, highly reactive molecules and intermediates could be stabilized in a confined environment; they enable phosphorescence to be observed at room temperature and favor chiral induction in photochemical reactions. Using such examples the uniqueness of SP is highlighted. The future of SP depends on developing efficient and unique catalytic photoreactions using easily available reaction ‘containers’. In addition, their value in artificial photosynthesis should be established for SP to occupy a center stage in the future.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 05/2015; 23. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.04.002
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    ABSTRACT: Photonic crystals are periodic dielectric nanostructures that can affect the propagation of light. Polymer-based photonic crystals have attracted great attentions for their potential application as sensors or optical switches due to their stimuli-responsive properties. This review summarizes the recent developments in one-dimensional (1-D) polymer-based photonic crystals, including the inspiration of the material from nature, principles for design and fabrication, mechanism of color tuning, and their tunable structural color in responsive to various stimuli. A number of fabrication methods, either by bottom-up or top-down approaches for 1-D polymeric photonic crystals have been overviewed.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 05/2015; 23. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.05.001
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    ABSTRACT: The development of biologically templated artificial light harvesting antennae and energy transfer devices is a highly active research area with exceptional challenges. Natural energy harvesting complexes have exquisite spectrally- and spatially-tuned systems with high redundancy to maximize their ability to gather, channel, and distribute electromagnetic radiation. Attempting to mimic these highly efficient systems requires at the very least (sub)nanoscale precision in the positioning of light sensitive molecules, the latter of which must also possess carefully selected photophysical properties; in essence, these two fundamental properties must be exploited in a synergistic manner. First, the scaffold must be highly organized, ideally with multiple symmetrical components that are spatially arranged with nanoscale accuracy. Second, the structure must be amenable to chemical modification in order to be (bio)functionalized with the desired light sensitive moieties which have expanded greatly to now include organic dyes, metal chelates, fluorescent proteins, dye-doped and noble metal nanoparticles, photoactive polymers, along with semiconductor quantum dots amongst others. Several families of biological scaffolding molecules offer strong potential to meet these stringent requirements. Recent advances in bionanotechnology have provided the ability to assemble diverse naturally-derived scaffolds along with manipulating their properties and this is allowing us to understand the capabilities and limitations of such artificial light-harvesting antennae and devices. The range of scaffold or template materials that have been used varies from highly symmetrical virus capsids to self-assembled biomaterials including nucleic acids and small peptides as well as a range of hybrid inorganic-biological systems. This review surveys the burgeoning field of artificial light-harvesting and energy transfer complexes that utilize biological scaffolds from the perspective of what each has to offer for optimized energy transfer. We highlight each biological scaffold with prominent examples from the literature and discuss some of the benefits and liabilities of each approach. Cumulatively, the available data suggest that DNA is the most versatile biological material currently available, though it has challenges including precise dye placement and subsequent dye performance. We conclude by providing a perspective on how this field will progress in both the short and long term, with a focus on the transition to applications and devices.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 01/2015; 23. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2014.12.002
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    ABSTRACT: The cryptochrome/photolyase superfamily is a class of flavoproteins that can regulate the growth and development in plants, as well as the circadian clock and the potential magnetic navigation in animals, primarily by absorbing UV-A and blue light. It is generally agreed that these functions depend on the photochemical reaction of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) chromophore, non-covalently binding to cryptochromes or photolyases. Irradiation can initiate either photoreduction between FAD and certain electron donors or electron jumping in FAD, thereby leading to the generation of intermediates that activate the protein. This signaling process is known as photoactivation. Subsequently, the activated protein will interact with downstream receptors to transfer the photo and magnetic signals. Based on in-depth research on photoactivation, two photo-cycle mechanisms for the photoreception/photosignaling of the cryptochrome/photolyase superfamily, i.e., the photolyase model and the phototropin model, have been proposed. There is no apparent alternative to the photo-cycle of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) or (6-4) photolyase following the photolyase model. However, the mechanism is not clear for the photoactivation of cryptochromes and CRY-DASH, a new subcategory of photolyase. Since the photoactivation process is the first step for the physiological function of proteins, more and improved research efforts in this field have been widely developed. This review first briefly presents the structure, the photoactivation, and the repair mechanism of CPD and (6-4) photolyase. Next, we review in detail the photoactivation of cryptochromes and CRY-DASH by analyzing the current status of research, as well as the contradictions in the resting redox states of FAD, intermediates in photoreactions, the photo-cycle of FAD, the singnaling state of proteins, and the necessity of given tryptophans for protein activity. Based on these studies, the correlations of photoactivation and photo-cycle mechanisms, as well as the correlations of photoactivation and megnetoreception of proteins, are discussed. Finally the crucial open questions regarding the photoactivation mechanisms of the cyrptochrome/photolyase superfamily are outlined, considering the hypothesis for a cryptochrome-based model of avian magnetoreception.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 12/2014; 22. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2014.12.001
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    ABSTRACT: The electromagnetic (EM) enhancement of the optical responses of molecules close to plasmonic metal nanostructures has been applied for ultra-sensitive detection in vibrational spectroscopy. Recently, the research fields of EM enhancement entered a new regime wherein the enhancement effects are connected to photochemical and photobiological phenomena. For this regime, the conventional theorem used to understand the EM enhancement effect should be re-examined because the experimental conditions are beyond the assumptions in the theorem. Thus, in this review, we firstly overview and summarize the EM mechanism in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), which is the most general optical response using an EM enhancement, and determine the limitations and problems of the EM mechanism in SERS. Secondly, we discuss the necessity of re-examining the EM mechanism with respect to three breakdowns of the approximations in Fermi's golden rule: the breakdown of the molecular electronic dynamics by the ultra-fast plasmonic de-excitation, the breakdown of the weak coupling between the plasmon and molecular exciton by strong EM enhancement, and the breakdown of the selection rule of SERS by the field-gradient effect. These breakdowns allow the observation and control of molecular functions that remain hidden by previous spectroscopic methods.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 12/2014; 21. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2014.10.001
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    ABSTRACT: Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy is a powerful technique that provides molecular information through greatly enhanced Raman scattering from minute amounts of substance near nanostructured metallic surfaces. SERS is thus a promising technique for ultrasensitive sensing applications. Plasmonic nanostructures including metal nanoparticles and lithographically prepared nanostructures are ideal substrates to produce enhanced Raman signals. Numerous studies have been published on the production of SERS-active substrates for SERS measurements including solution phase methods and solid supports. In SERS applications, hot spots where the electromagnetic field is particularly intense, play a key role. In this review, we provide an overview of techniques designed for the creation of SERS hot spots both in solution and on solid supports. We first introduce the self-assembly of spherical and anisotropic nanoparticles in solution, to then focus on a wide variety of techniques to assemble nanoparticles onto solid supports. We also describe top-down approaches typically based on lithography techniques. Finally, we provide our own view on the current state of the field and the aspects where further development is expected.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 12/2014; 21. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2014.09.001
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    ABSTRACT: Among wide-energy-gap semiconductors, doped titanium dioxides (anatase or/and rutile polymorphs) are the most promising materials for designing photocatalysts active in the visible region of solar spectrum, for photodegradation of organic molecules and for photolysis of water. It has been established recently that doping of titanium dioxides with 2p-, 3p-, 6p- and 3d-elements significantly increases their photocatalytic activity. In this review we summarize calculation results on the electronic structure and optical properties of bulk stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric rutile and anatase and their doped compounds obtained by means of ab initio methods of condensed matter physics: the linearized muffin-tin orbital method, the linearized augmented plane-wave method, the plane-wave pseudopotential method, the coherent potential method, the Hartree-Fock method, etc. The possibilities and restrictions of the methods for accurate calculations of the electronic structure and optical properties of stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric titanium dioxides and titanium dioxides doped with 2p-, 3p-, 6p- and 3d-elements are discussed. As calculated with the included Coulomb correlation correction, within the hybrid potential approximation or with the self-interaction correction taken into account, the electronic structure and optical spectrum are in agreement with the experimental data. The results of the calculations correspond to the observed photocatalytic activity of rutile and anatase.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews 10/2014; 22. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2014.10.005