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One-dimensional nanostructure based materials for versatile photocatalytic applications

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Abstract

One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures are believed to play a significant role on the horizon of material science, and are a promising class of ideal high performance candidates for energy storage and conversion owing to their unique optical, structural and electronic properties. In particular, 1D nanostructure-based photocatalysts have been attracting ever-growing research attention. In this review article, we mainly focus on systematically summarizing the applications of 1D-based nanocomposites in photocatalysis, including nonselective processes for the degradation of pollutants, direct solar energy conversion to storable fuels and selective transformations for organic synthesis. Particularly, we explore the new directions for boosting the photocatalytic performances of 1D nanostructures, including graphene-1D nanocomposites, surface modification, 1D core–shell nanostructures and different exposed facet effects. It is hoped that this article will promote the efficient harnessing and rational development of the outstanding structural and electronic properties of 1D nanostructures to design more efficient 1D-based photocatalysts towards numerous applications in the field of solar energy conversion.

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The article was received on 23 Dec 2013, accepted on 20 Jan 2014 and first published on 21 Jan 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47910B
Citation: RSC Adv., 2014,4, 12685-12700
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    One-dimensional nanostructure based materials for versatile photocatalytic applications

    B. Weng, S. Liu, Z. Tang and Y. Xu, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 12685
    DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47910B

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