Synthetic strategies to nanostructured photocatalysts for CO2 reduction to solar fuels and chemicals


Artificial photosynthesis represents one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century, offering the possibility of clean energy through water photolysis and renewable chemicals through CO2 utilisation as a sustainable feedstock. Catalysis will undoubtedly play a key role in delivering technologies able to meet these goals, mediating solar energy via excited generate charge carriers to selectively activate molecular bonds under ambient conditions. This review describes recent synthetic approaches adopted to engineer nanostructured photocatalytic materials for efficient light harnessing, charge separation and the photoreduction of CO2 to higher hydrocarbons such as methane, methanol and even olefins.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry(all),Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Materials Science(all)
Publication ISSN: 2050-7496
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Published Date: 2015
Published Online Date: 2015-05-22
Authors: Chen, Donna
Zhang, Xingguang
Lee, Adam F. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2153-1391)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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