g-C3N4-Based Nanomaterials for Visible Light-Driven Photocatalysis


Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) is a promising material for photocatalytic applications such as solar fuels production through CO2 reduction and water splitting, and environmental remediation through the degradation of organic pollutants. This promise reflects the advantageous photophysical properties of g-C3N4 nanostructures, notably high surface area, quantum efficiency, interfacial charge separation and transport, and ease of modification through either composite formation or the incorporation of desirable surface functionalities. Here, we review recent progress in the synthesis and photocatalytic applications of diverse g-C3N4 nanostructured materials, and highlight the physical basis underpinning their performance for each application. Potential new architectures, such as hierarchical or composite g-C3N4 nanostructures, that may offer further performance enhancements in solar energy harvesting and conversion are also outlined.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8020074
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords: g-C3N4,photocatalysis, nanomaterials, CO2 reduction, H2 evolution, semiconductor, environmental remediation
Publication ISSN: 2073-4344
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 08:23
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 10:00
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Published Date: 2018-02-09
Accepted Date: 2018-02-07
Authors: Kumar, Santosh (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1352-9945)
Karthikeyan, Sekar
Lee, Adam



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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