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An overview on cellulose-based material in tailoring bio-hybrid nanostructured photocatalysts for water treatment and renewable energy applications

Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa, Abd Mutalib, Muhazri, Mohd Hir, Zul Adlan, M. Zain, M.F., Mohamad, Abu Bakar, Jeffery Minggu, Lorna, Awang, Nor Asikin, W. Salleh, W.N.
International journal of biological macromolecules 2017 v.103 pp. 1232-1256
cellulose, hydrophilicity, nanoparticles, photocatalysts, renewable energy sources, water treatment
A combination between the nanostructured photocatalyst and cellulose-based materials promotes a new functionality of cellulose towards the development of new bio-hybrid materials for various applications especially in water treatment and renewable energy. The excellent compatibility and association between nanostructured photocatalyst and cellulose-based materials was induced by bio-combability and high hydrophilicity of the cellulose components. The electron rich hydroxyl group of celluloses helps to promote superior interaction with photocatalyst. The formation of bio-hybrid nanostructured are attaining huge interest nowadays due to the synergistic properties of individual cellulose-based material and photocatalyst nanoparticles. Therefore, in this review we introduce some cellulose-based material and discusses its compatibility with nanostructured photocatalyst in terms of physical and chemical properties. In addition, we gather information and evidence on the fabrication techniques of cellulose-based hybrid nanostructured photocatalyst and its recent application in the field of water treatment and renewable energy.