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Themed collection JMC A Editor’s choice collection: Recent advances in solar fuels and photocatalysis research

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Editorial

Journal of Materials Chemistry A Editor’s choice web collection: “Recent advances in solar fuels and photocatalysis research”

Frank E. Osterloh introduces a Journal of Materials Chemistry A Editor’s choice web collection on recent advances in solar fuels and photocatalysis research (https://rsc.li/PhotoCat).

Graphical abstract: Journal of Materials Chemistry A Editor’s choice web collection: “Recent advances in solar fuels and photocatalysis research”
Review Article

Two-dimensional nanosheets for electrocatalysis in energy generation and conversion

2D materials for the electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction, oxygen evolution reaction, hydrogen evolution reaction, and CO2 reduction are critically reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional nanosheets for electrocatalysis in energy generation and conversion
Review Article

Recent progress in carbon quantum dots: synthesis, properties and applications in photocatalysis

The recent progress in the synthesis, properties and photocatalytic applications of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) has been elaborately demonstrated, and some perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for future exploration in this arena are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in carbon quantum dots: synthesis, properties and applications in photocatalysis
Open Access Review Article

A review on noble-metal-free bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts for overall electrochemical water splitting

This review summarizes recent research progress and perspectives on noble-metal-free bifunctional heterogeneous electrocatalysts towards hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions in overall water splitting.

Graphical abstract: A review on noble-metal-free bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts for overall electrochemical water splitting
Review Article

Nanostructured catalysts for electrochemical water splitting: current state and prospects

The fundamentals of water electrolysis, current popular electrocatalysts developed for cathodic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in liquid electrolyte water electrolysis are reviewed and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured catalysts for electrochemical water splitting: current state and prospects
Communication

High-performance urea electrolysis towards less energy-intensive electrochemical hydrogen production using a bifunctional catalyst electrode

Ni2P nanoflake arrays on carbon cloth act as an efficient and durable catalyst electrode for the urea oxidation reaction (UOR) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Its two-electrode alkaline electrolyzer needs 1.35 V for 50 mA cm−2, which is 0.58 V less than that required for pure water splitting.

Graphical abstract: High-performance urea electrolysis towards less energy-intensive electrochemical hydrogen production using a bifunctional catalyst electrode
Communication

In situ confined synthesis of molybdenum oxide decorated nickel–iron alloy nanosheets from MoO42− intercalated layered double hydroxides for the oxygen evolution reaction

This work reports molybdenum oxide decorated NiFe alloy nanosheets with high OER activity by reducing MoO42− intercalated nickel–iron layered double hydroxides (LDHs).

Graphical abstract: In situ confined synthesis of molybdenum oxide decorated nickel–iron alloy nanosheets from MoO42− intercalated layered double hydroxides for the oxygen evolution reaction
Communication

Electropolymerized supermolecule derived N, P co-doped carbon nanofiber networks as a highly efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction

Electropolymerized supermolecule derived N, P co-doped carbon as a highly efficient metal-free HER catalyst.

Graphical abstract: Electropolymerized supermolecule derived N, P co-doped carbon nanofiber networks as a highly efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction
Communication

CoP2 nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide sheets as a super-efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for full water splitting

CoP2 nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide sheet (CoP2/RGO) acts as a super-efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for full water splitting.

Graphical abstract: CoP2 nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide sheets as a super-efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for full water splitting
Paper

Ni12P5 nanoparticles embedded into porous g-C3N4 nanosheets as a noble-metal-free hetero-structure photocatalyst for efficient H2 production under visible light

Colloidally synthesized Ni12P5 nanoparticles were embedded into g-C3N4 nanosheets via a solution-phase approach. The Ni12P5/g-C3N4 photocatalysts manifested significantly improved noble-metal-free H2 evolution.

Graphical abstract: Ni12P5 nanoparticles embedded into porous g-C3N4 nanosheets as a noble-metal-free hetero-structure photocatalyst for efficient H2 production under visible light
From the themed collection: Green Materials and Surfaces
Paper

Controlled synthesis of Mo-doped Ni3S2 nano-rods: an efficient and stable electro-catalyst for water splitting

Fabrication of stable, efficient, and inexpensive bifunctional electro-catalysts for water splitting has become increasingly attractive.

Graphical abstract: Controlled synthesis of Mo-doped Ni3S2 nano-rods: an efficient and stable electro-catalyst for water splitting
Paper

High oxygen reduction activity on a metal–organic framework derived carbon combined with high degree of graphitization and pyridinic-N dopants

A type of metal–organic framework derived carbon combined with high density of pyridinic-N dopants and high degree of graphitization was prepared for effective oxygen reduction.

Graphical abstract: High oxygen reduction activity on a metal–organic framework derived carbon combined with high degree of graphitization and pyridinic-N dopants
Paper

Two-step synthesis of binary Ni–Fe sulfides supported on nickel foam as highly efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction

A facile two-step method has been used to synthesize binary Ni–Fe sulfides supported on nickel foam (NF) as electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER).

Graphical abstract: Two-step synthesis of binary Ni–Fe sulfides supported on nickel foam as highly efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction
Paper

MXene: a promising photocatalyst for water splitting

Identifying suitable photocatalysts for photocatalytic water splitting to produce hydrogen fuel via sunlight is an arduous task by the traditional trial-and-error method.

Graphical abstract: MXene: a promising photocatalyst for water splitting
Paper

Facile strategy for controllable synthesis of stable mesoporous black TiO2 hollow spheres with efficient solar-driven photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

Stable mesoporous black TiO2 hollow spheres with controllable diameter, wall thickness and narrow bandgap are fabricated via a small amine molecules encircling strategy, showing high solar-driven photocatalytic hydrogen evolution.

Graphical abstract: Facile strategy for controllable synthesis of stable mesoporous black TiO2 hollow spheres with efficient solar-driven photocatalytic hydrogen evolution
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About this collection

This first in a series of JMC A Editor’s choice collections focusses on solar fuel generation and photocatalysis research.

The journal’s Associate Editor Frank E. Osterloh (University of California, Davis, USA) has gathered together the journal’s most outstanding recent papers in solar fuel generators and in photocatalysts.

In order to highlight developments in solar fuel generators and in photocatalysts, this online collection summarizes recent experimental papers and reviews published on the topic.


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