MnO2‐Based Materials for Environmental Applications
Published on Advanced Materials (14 January 2021)

Author(s): Ruijie Yang, Yingying Fan, Ruquan Ye, Yuxin Tang, Xiehong Cao*, Zongyou Yin*, Zhiyuan Zeng*


Manganese dioxide (MnO2) is a promising photo–thermo–electric‐responsive semiconductor material for environmental applications, owing to its various favorable properties. However, the unsatisfactory environmental purification efficiency of this material has limited its further applications. Fortunately, in the last few years, significant efforts have been undertaken for improving the environmental purification efficiency of this material and understanding its underlying mechanism. Here, the aim is to summarize the recent experimental and computational research progress in the modification of MnO2 single species by morphology control, structure construction, facet engineering, and element doping. Moreover, the design and fabrication of MnO2‐based composites via the construction of homojunctions and MnO2/semiconductor/conductor binary/ternary heterojunctions is discussed. Their applications in environmental purification systems, either as an adsorbent material for removing heavy metals, dyes, and microwave (MW) pollution, or as a thermal catalyst, photocatalyst, and electrocatalyst for the degradation of pollutants (water and gas, organic and inorganic) are also highlighted. Finally, the research gaps are summarized and a perspective on the challenges and the direction of future research in nanostructured MnO2‐based materials in the field of environmental applications is presented. Therefore, basic guidance for rational design and fabrication of high‐efficiency MnO2‐based materials for comprehensive environmental applications is provided.




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