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Issue 1, 2014
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Tailoring photocatalytic nanostructures for sustainable hydrogen production

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Photocatalysis is an important component for achieving sustainability in chemical transformations. It requires light absorption by a semiconductor and efficient extraction of the photogenerated electron–hole pairs to chemically active sites. One of the main problems in photocatalytic materials is to avoid electron–hole recombination following excitation. Tailored nanostructures offer a new way for achieving this goal by facilitating electron–hole separation. Nanoscaling of materials offers additional opportunities to generate unique photocatalysts that demonstrated novel light absorption, thermodynamic and kinetic properties. In this feature article we highlight some recent approaches towards the preparation of materials and nanostructures that showed improved activity for the sustainable production of hydrogen. This reaction has received much attention for the supply of future demand both for chemical industry and energy-related applications.

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2013, accepted on 05 Nov 2013 and first published on 08 Nov 2013

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05383K
Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 97-105
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    Tailoring photocatalytic nanostructures for sustainable hydrogen production

    M. Cargnello and B. T. Diroll, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 97
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05383K

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