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Graphitic carbon nitride materials: controllable synthesis and applications in fuel cells and photocatalysis

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Abstract

Graphitic carbon nitrides (g-C3N4) are becoming increasingly significant due to the theoretical prediction of their unusual properties and promising applications ranging from photocatalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, to fuel cells. Recently, a variety of nanostructured and nanoporous g-C3N4 materials have been developed for a wide range of new applications. This feature article gives, at first, an overview on the synthesis of g-C3N4 nanomaterials with controllable structure and morphology, and secondly, presents and categorizes applications of g-C3N4 as multifunctional metal-free catalysts for environmental protection, energy conversion and storage. A special emphasis is placed on the potential applications of nanostructured g-C3N4 in the areas of artificial photocatalysis for hydrogen production, oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) for fuel cells, and metal-free heterogeneous catalysis. Finally, this perspective highlights crucial issues that should be addressed in the future in the aforementioned exciting research areas.

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The article was received on 16 Dec 2011, accepted on 06 Feb 2012 and first published on 07 Feb 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03479D
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 6717-6731
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    Graphitic carbon nitride materials: controllable synthesis and applications in fuel cells and photocatalysis

    Y. Zheng, J. Liu, J. Liang, M. Jaroniec and S. Z. Qiao, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 6717
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03479D

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