The influence of low irradiance and electrolytes on the mineralization efficiency of organic pollutants using the Vis-active photocatalytic tandem CuInS 2 /TiO 2 /SnO 2

Published on Feb 1, 2018in Catalysis Today6.766
· DOI :10.1016/J.CATTOD.2017.03.018
Anca Duta29
Estimated H-index: 29
Luminita Andronic19
Estimated H-index: 19
Alexandru Enesca18
Estimated H-index: 18
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