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Issue 6, 2012
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Photo-induced hydrophilicity and self-cleaning: models and reality

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Self-cleaning coatings, with benefits to environment, energy and labor saving, have attracted great attention due to their potential application in many aspects of human's daily life. In this perspective article, the recent efforts to understand and improve photo-induced hydrophilicity and self-cleaning properties of TiO2 are reviewed. Particular attention is paid to the fundamental aspects and mechanism of the photo-induced hydrophilicity effect. The challenges that need to be addressed over the coming years to improve the efficiency and extend the application are also presented.

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The article was received on 06 Dec 2011, accepted on 28 Mar 2012 and first published on 29 Mar 2012

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03390A
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 7491-7507
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    Photo-induced hydrophilicity and self-cleaning: models and reality

    L. Zhang, R. Dillert, D. Bahnemann and M. Vormoor, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 7491
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03390A

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