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

Donna Chen, Xingguang Zhang, Adam F. Lee*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14487-14516
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number28
Early online date22 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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