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Balasubramanian Viswanathan

Bio: Balasubramanian Viswanathan is an academic researcher from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. The author has contributed to research in topics: Catalysis & Adsorption. The author has an hindex of 57, co-authored 437 publications receiving 12147 citations. Previous affiliations of Balasubramanian Viswanathan include Hokkaido University & Indian Institutes of Technology.


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TL;DR: In this paper, a nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N−TiO2) nanocatalyst with spherical shape and homogeneous size has been synthesized through a chemical method using TiCl3 as precursor.
Abstract: Nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N−TiO2) nanocatalyst with spherical shape and homogeneous size has been synthesized through a chemical method using TiCl3 as precursor. The light absorption onset shifts from 380 nm on pure TiO2 to the visible region at 550 nm with N−TiO2. A clear decrease in the band gap and the nitrogen 2p states on the top of the valence band on N−TiO2 (compared to TiO2) is deduced from the optical absorption spectroscopy results. The chemical nature of N has been evolved as N−Ti−O in the anatase TiO2 lattice as identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue has been carried out both in the UV and in the visible region and N−TiO2 shows higher activity than the Degussa P25 TiO2 photocatalyst in the visible region.

881 citations

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TL;DR: The results suggest that the synthesized AgNPs act as an effective antibacterial agent.

610 citations

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TL;DR: Do The authors Have Any Alternative for Pt or Pt−Ru?
Abstract: Do We Have Any Alternative for Pt or Pt−Ru? Nitul Kakati,† Jatindranath Maiti,† Seok Hee Lee,† Seung Hyun Jee,† Balasubramanian Viswanathan,*,‡ and Young Soo Yoon*,† †Department of Chemical Engineering, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnamdaero, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 461-701, Republic of Korea ‡National Centre for Catalysis Research, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036, India

541 citations

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TL;DR: This review article summarizes and highlights the existing literature covering every aspect of Mesoporous carbon nitrides including their templating synthesis, modification and functionalization, and potential applications of these MCN materials with an overview of the key and relevant results.
Abstract: Mesoporous carbon nitrides (MCNs) with large surface areas and uniform pore diameters are unique semiconducting materials and exhibit highly versatile structural and excellent physicochemical properties, which promote their application in diverse fields such as metal free catalysis, photocatalytic water splitting, energy storage and conversion, gas adsorption, separation, and even sensing. These fascinating MCN materials can be obtained through the polymerization of different aromatic and/or aliphatic carbons and high nitrogen containing molecular precursors via hard and/or soft templating approaches. One of the unique characteristics of these materials is that they exhibit both semiconducting and basic properties, which make them excellent platforms for the photoelectrochemical conversion and sensing of molecules such as CO2, and the selective sensing of toxic organic acids. The semiconducting features of these materials are finely controlled by varying the nitrogen content or local electronic structure of the MCNs. The incorporation of different functionalities including metal nanoparticles or organic molecules is further achieved in various ways to develop new electronic, semiconducting, catalytic, and energy harvesting materials. Dual functionalities including acidic and basic groups are also introduced in the wall structure of MCNs through simple UV-light irradiation, which offers enzyme-like properties in a single MCN system. In this review article, we summarize and highlight the existing literature covering every aspect of MCNs including their templating synthesis, modification and functionalization, and potential applications of these MCN materials with an overview of the key and relevant results. A special emphasis is given on the catalytic applications of MCNs including hydrogenation, oxidation, photocatalysis, and CO2 activation.

490 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the effect of addition of organic compounds as well as other metals (both transition and non-transition elements) on the sorption characteristics of magnesium is considered in detail, with a view to evaluating the potential of these materials for use as hydrogen storage media in vehicular applications.

280 citations


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TL;DR: Two important future research directions are indicated and summarized, based on results published in the literature: the development of composite and nanostructured ES materials to overcome the major challenge posed by the low energy density.
Abstract: In this critical review, metal oxides-based materials for electrochemical supercapacitor (ES) electrodes are reviewed in detail together with a brief review of carbon materials and conducting polymers. Their advantages, disadvantages, and performance in ES electrodes are discussed through extensive analysis of the literature, and new trends in material development are also reviewed. Two important future research directions are indicated and summarized, based on results published in the literature: the development of composite and nanostructured ES materials to overcome the major challenge posed by the low energy density of ES (476 references).

7,642 citations

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TL;DR: Approaches to Modifying the Electronic Band Structure for Visible-Light Harvesting and its Applications d0 Metal Oxide Photocatalysts 6518 4.4.1.
Abstract: 2.3. Evaluation of Photocatalytic Water Splitting 6507 2.3.1. Photocatalytic Activity 6507 2.3.2. Photocatalytic Stability 6507 3. UV-Active Photocatalysts for Water Splitting 6507 3.1. d0 Metal Oxide Photocatalyts 6507 3.1.1. Ti-, Zr-Based Oxides 6507 3.1.2. Nb-, Ta-Based Oxides 6514 3.1.3. W-, Mo-Based Oxides 6517 3.1.4. Other d0 Metal Oxides 6518 3.2. d10 Metal Oxide Photocatalyts 6518 3.3. f0 Metal Oxide Photocatalysts 6518 3.4. Nonoxide Photocatalysts 6518 4. Approaches to Modifying the Electronic Band Structure for Visible-Light Harvesting 6519

6,332 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, photo-induced superhydrophilicity was used on the surface of a wide-band gap semiconductor like titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) for photocatalytic activity towards environmentally hazardous compounds.

4,241 citations