Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

Author affiliations


Membrane-based architectures enable optimization of charge transport and electrochemical potential gradients in artificial photosynthesis. Spatial integration of the membrane-bound components reduces the impact of charge recombination and can reduce electrical resistances associated with ionic and electronic transport processes. In addition to eliminating the need for external electrical circuits, a membrane-based architecture also ensures separation of energetic products, thereby preventing the formation of potentially dangerous fuel/oxidant mixtures. Membrane-based structures may also be coupled with other devices, such as perovskite-based solar cells, to further benefit solar fuel production. This review discusses the key roles that various different types of membranes play in artificial photosynthetic systems.

Graphical abstract: Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

Back to tab navigation
Please wait while Download options loads

Publication details

The article was received on 30 Jan 2017, accepted on 05 May 2017 and first published on 17 May 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE00294G
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Advance Article
  •   Request permissions

    Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

    S. Chabi, K. M. Papadantonakis, N. S. Lewis and M. S. Freund, Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7EE00294G

Search articles by author