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Photocatalytic oxidation of water by polymeric carbon nitride nanohybrids made of sustainable elements

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Abstract

The search for earth-abundant semiconductors and co-catalysts for water oxidation is an important step towards conversion of solar energy into fuel chemicals in a sustainable manner. Here, we report the integration of Co3O4 nanoparticles within graphitic carbon nitride to construct a nanohybrid photocatalyst made of abundant elements for the photocatalytic generation of oxygen from water, achieving an apparent quantum efficiency of 1.1% at 420 nm for water splitting to oxygen. The present system shows great promise in polymer photocatalysis for applications in future energy cycles based on sustainable materials.

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The article was received on 07 Sep 2011, accepted on 12 Oct 2011 and first published on 13 Oct 2011


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00644D
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2012,3, 443-446
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    Photocatalytic oxidation of water by polymeric carbon nitride nanohybrids made of sustainable elements

    J. Zhang, M. Grzelczak, Y. Hou, K. Maeda, K. Domen, X. Fu, M. Antonietti and X. Wang, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 443
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00644D

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