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Water-oxidation photoanodes using organic light-harvesting materials: a review

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Abstract

Solar energy conversion and storage by photoelectrochemical water splitting has garnered significant research attention in recent years. While the majority of water-splitting systems are composed of inorganic semiconductor light-harvesting materials, an increasing amount of research has studied the use of earth-abundant organic semiconductors and dyes as an inexpensive alternative. Herein, we provide a comprehensive review of published water-oxidizing photoanodes that employ organic light-harvesting materials, including both organic thin-film and dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell architectures. We highlight the different materials that have been employed, summarize recent advancements, and provide insights for future improvements of device efficiencies and stabilities.

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The article was received on 01 Jul 2017, accepted on 10 Aug 2017 and first published on 14 Aug 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05709A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article
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    Water-oxidation photoanodes using organic light-harvesting materials: a review

    J. T. Kirner and R. G. Finke, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05709A

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