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Surface tuning for oxide-based nanomaterials as efficient photocatalysts

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Abstract

Due to the increasingly polluted environment and the gradual depletion of fossil fuel reserves, the development of renewable technologies for environmental remediation and energy production is highly desirable. Over the past decades, oxide-based semiconductor photocatalysis has attracted much attention. On various frontiers for efficient photocatalysis, surface-tuning strategies for synthesis and modification of oxides on the nanometer scale have progressed at a fast pace. Hence, it is of significance to review recent advances in the development of surface tuning for oxide-based nanomaterials as activity-enhanced photocatalysts. In this review, special emphases, especially for recent advances in our group, are given to surface tuning of novel nanocrystallites for high thermal stability, hierarchical structure assembly, heterojunctional nanocomposites and high-energy-facet exposure, along with effective testing tools for photogenerated charge properties at the surfaces and/or interfaces. This is of great significance for fields related to energy and environment from scientific and engineering viewpoints.

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The article was received on 31 May 2013 and first published on 19 Sep 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60176E
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 9509-9549
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    Surface tuning for oxide-based nanomaterials as efficient photocatalysts

    L. Jing, W. Zhou, G. Tian and H. Fu, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 9509
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60176E

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