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Polymeric carbon nitride for solar hydrogen production

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If solar hydrogen production from water is to be a realistic candidate for industrial hydrogen production, the development of photocatalysts, which avoid the use of expensive and/or toxic elements is highly desirable from a scalability, cost and environmental perspective. Metal-free polymeric carbon nitride is an attractive material that can absorb visible light and produce hydrogen from water. This article reviews recent developments in polymeric carbon nitride as used in photocatalysis and then develops the discussion focusing on the three primary processes of a photocatalytic reaction: light-harvesting, carrier generation/separation/transportation and surface reactions.

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The article was received on 11 Apr 2017, accepted on 12 Jun 2017 and first published on 12 Jun 2017

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02532G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 7438-7446
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    Polymeric carbon nitride for solar hydrogen production

    X. Li, A. F. Masters and T. Maschmeyer, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 7438
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02532G

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