Background: The sole objective of the present study is to explore the research trends in photocatalysis.
Materials and Methods: In this area, the first document was published in the year 1921 and untill August 2020, a total of
6940 documents are archived in Scopus database.
Results and Discussion: Its worthy to note that after 2000 a remarkable increase in publications has been noticed. Infact
6605 articles are published after 2000. The highest number of publications are reported in 2019 (784/11.87% of 6605)
followed by 2018 (740/11.20% of 6605) and 2017 (624/9.45% of 6605). We calculated the per year growth rate and doubling
time of publications. In research publications, the top three (3) countries are China (3030/43.65%), USA (704/10.14%) and
India (503/7.24%). We provided the details which may explain, why China is the global leader in photocatalysis research.
Furthermore, by Vosviewer analysis we provided the co-authorship and citations details of only research articles and reviews
(total 6197 documents). Based on the (a) number of publications and (b) citations, the list of top ten (10) authors, institutes,
countries and sources details are provided. We also performed the Vosviewer analysis for China’s publications (n=3030)The
details about the top authors, institutes and collaborative countries are provided. One of the fundamental question is; what
has been covered in photocatalysis research articles and reviews (n=6197)? For the purpose, we manually analyzed 47,722
keywords and grouped them in different categories.
Conclusion: Mostly the document covered research under the names of photocatalysis, semiconductors, photochemical
sources, instrumental techniques, electrochemistry, nanomaterials and water treatment. We extended the idea and explored
the research publications in selected semiconductors (like titanium, graphene, cadmium, bismuth and iron based compounds), water purification, toxic pollutants, photcatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide, nanomaterials and certain specific
instruments like SEM, TEM & XRD etc.