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

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 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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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The increasing global energy consumption and the simultaneous non-renewable resources depletion with their rising contamination levels, make the present energy scenario unsustainable. Among all the renewable energies, the sun's energy through its direct conversion into electricity is one of the best alternatives. In particular, since 1991 dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted considerable interest from the scientific and commercial communities due to their promising characteristics as solar light converters. Nevertheless, even though there have been many efforts to increase the photoconversion efficiency through the photovoltaic parameters improvement using novel materials and device construction approaches, the efficiency and stability are still open challenges. On this regard, several approaches and techniques are being used to analyze the dependence of the overall efficiency on these parameters. In particular, the fast and ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy techniques have provided advances towards unraveling the rate constants and quantum yields of the individual processes taking place in sensitized films in air as well as in complete DSSCs. Thus, the aim of this review is to discuss the main recent findings and the importance of the application of these techniques to understand why certain complete DSSC configurations have been more successful than others in terms of good sunlight conversion efficiencies, as well as to draw the basic guidelines on how to make further improvements in DSSCs. We firmly believe that new advances in this research area using ultrafast laser-based spectroscopy will not only help to discover fundamental and yet unknown information about these devices, but will also have impact on related topics like photocatalysis and photonics, supporting both technologies' development and contributing to the growth of the fundamental knowledge on interactions among photons, electrons and materials.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews

  • No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews
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    ABSTRACT: Developing photocatalytic systems for CO2 reduction will provide useful and energy-rich compounds and would be one of the most important focuses in the field of “artificial photosynthesis” and “solar fuels”. Such studies have been conducted in the past three decades from the perspective of basic science and for solving the shortage of fossil resources, which include both energy and carbon sources. More recently, focus has been placed on the mitigation of global warming through the reduction of atmospheric CO2. This review summarizes the enormous body of reported literature in this field, particularly studies that describe photocatalytic systems that use transition metal complexes as key players, i.e., as catalysts (Cat) and/or photosensitizers (PS). In addition, we briefly describe the evaluation of various photocatalytic systems, especially the performance of reductants (D) and solvents. Furthermore, we analyze the types of photocatalytic systems and classify each component in these systems according to their role: (1) PS, (2) Cat for CO2 reduction catalysts, and (3) D. Briefly, we summarize the important features of each component and provide typical examples. The next section discusses the photocatalytic abilities of each of the three categories of photocatalytic systems: multicomponent systems comprising PS and Cat, supramolecular photocatalysts comprising a multinuclear complex, and hybrid systems constructed with metal-complex photocatalysts and inorganic materials, such as semiconductors or electrodes.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews
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    ABSTRACT: Widespread implementation of renewable energy technologies, while preventing significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions, appears to be the only viable solution to meeting the world's energy demands for a sustainable energy future. The final energy mix will include conservation and energy efficiency, wind, geothermal, biomass, and others, but none more ubiquitous or abundant than the sun. Over several decades of development, the cost of photovoltaic cells has decreased significantly with lifetimes that exceed 25 years and there is promise for widespread implementation in the future. However, the solar input is intermittent and, to be practical at a truly large scale, will require an equally large capability for energy storage. One approach involves artificial photosynthesis and the use of the sun to drive solar fuel reactions for water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen or to reduce CO2 to reduced carbon fuels. An early breakthrough in this area came from an initial report by Honda and Fujishima on photoelectrochemical water splitting at TiO2 with UV excitation. Significant progress has been made since in exploiting semiconductor devices in water splitting with impressive gains in spectral coverage and solar efficiencies. An alternate, hybrid approach, which integrates molecular light absorption and catalysis with the band gap properties of oxide semiconductors, the dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell (DSPEC), has been pioneered by the University of North Carolina Energy Frontier Research Center (UNC EFRC) on Solar Fuels. By utilizing chromophore-catalyst assemblies, core/shell oxide structures, and surface stabilization, the EFRC recently demonstrated a viable DSPEC for solar water splitting.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews
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    ABSTRACT: Integrating electrochemistry with photocatalytic technology, photoelectrocatalysis has been identified as a superior candidate to debottleneck photocatalytic processes. Photoelectrocatalysis involves a photocatalytic system to which an external positive bias is applied, which can significantly increase the rates of photocatalytic reactions by driving the photo-generated electron–hole pairs in opposite directions, reducing their recombination rates. The design of a cost-efficient photoelectrocatalytic reactor plays a critical role in the ultimate acceptance of this promising technology in industry for environmental remediation as well as other applications. In this study, photoelectrocatalysis and associated novel reactor designs reported in recent years are reviewed and discussed. Some of the topics which are discussed in this study include various reactor configurations with different illumination sources, photocatalyst utilization modes, and electrodes as well as composite systems incorporating solar cells in addition to microbial and photocatalytic fuel cells. Future efforts are suggested to push the industrial application of photoelectrocatalysis out of its infancy.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews
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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.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews
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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.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C Photochemistry Reviews