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Themed collection JMC A Top Picks collection: Harnessing the power of the sun

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Feature Article

Recent advances in TiO2-based photocatalysis

This article selectively discussed recent advances in TiO2-based photocatalysis from the aspects of light absorption, charge separation, and surface reactivity.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in TiO2-based photocatalysis
Feature Article

A review on counter electrode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells

An up-to-date review on the materials used as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

Graphical abstract: A review on counter electrode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells
Feature Article

Photocatalytic materials: recent achievements and near future trends

Evolution of the titania predominance in the scientific literature on photocatalysis estimated as the percentage of articles devoted to TiO2 among those related to oxide semiconductors or out of all the photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic materials: recent achievements and near future trends
Feature Article

Recent advances of non-fullerene, small molecular acceptors for solution processed bulk heterojunction solar cells

Highlights of recent research in the development of non-fullerene, small molecule acceptors for solution processed organic solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of non-fullerene, small molecular acceptors for solution processed bulk heterojunction solar cells
Review Article

Perovskite-based solar cells: impact of morphology and device architecture on device performance

This review provides an overview of factors affecting film morphology and how together with device architecture they impact perovskite cell performance.

Graphical abstract: Perovskite-based solar cells: impact of morphology and device architecture on device performance
Review Article

Review of recent progress in chemical stability of perovskite solar cells

The understanding of how the chemical stability of PSCs is affected by oxygen and moisture, UV light, the solution process, and temperature was reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Review of recent progress in chemical stability of perovskite solar cells
Review Article

Halide perovskite materials for solar cells: a theoretical review

First-principles calculations help to understand the fundamental mechanisms of the emerging perovskite solar cells and guide further developments.

Graphical abstract: Halide perovskite materials for solar cells: a theoretical review
Review Article

Engineering heterogeneous semiconductors for solar water splitting

Recent progress and strategies toward solar water splitting over heterogeneous semiconductors are reviewed and the challenges and future perspectives are suggested.

Graphical abstract: Engineering heterogeneous semiconductors for solar water splitting
Communication

The roles of alkyl halide additives in enhancing perovskite solar cell performance

C–X bond of alky halide additives cleavages during thermal annealing, resulting in frees halide ions to participate in perovskite formation.

Graphical abstract: The roles of alkyl halide additives in enhancing perovskite solar cell performance
From the themed collection: Perovskite Solar Cells
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Degradation observations of encapsulated planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells at high temperatures and humidity

The stability of encapsulated planar-structured CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite solar cells (PSCs) was investigated under various simulated environmental conditions.

Graphical abstract: Degradation observations of encapsulated planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells at high temperatures and humidity
From the themed collection: RACI100: Celebrating Australian Chemistry
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In situ synthesis of a C-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical self-assembly effectively promoting visible light photocatalysis

By combination of carbon doping and structural optimization, C-doped (BiO)2CO3 microspheres exhibited highly enhanced and stable visible photocatalytic activity.

Graphical abstract: In situ synthesis of a C-doped (BiO)2CO3 hierarchical self-assembly effectively promoting visible light photocatalysis
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CuInSe2 and CuInSe2–ZnS based high efficiency “green” quantum dot sensitized solar cells

The CISe-based QDs with ZnS alloy configuration exhibit higher superior optoelectronic properties and chemical stability, and thus the fabrication of CISe–ZnS QDSCs shows better photovoltaic performance.

Graphical abstract: CuInSe2 and CuInSe2–ZnS based high efficiency “green” quantum dot sensitized solar cells
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Origin of the increased open circuit voltage in PbS–CdS core–shell quantum dot solar cells

The physics of PbS–CdS core–shell QDs is investigated, to enlighten the origin of the enhanced VOC in solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Origin of the increased open circuit voltage in PbS–CdS core–shell quantum dot solar cells
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Photogenerated electron reservoir in hetero-p–n CuO–ZnO nanocomposite device for visible-light-driven photocatalytic reduction of aqueous Cr(VI)

A 3D CuO–ZnO p–n junction hierarchical device was fabricated via sequential in situ crystallization and hydrothermal reaction on Cu foil and exhibited enhanced visible light photocatalytic reduction with stable recyclability to Cr(VI).

Graphical abstract: Photogenerated electron reservoir in hetero-p–n CuO–ZnO nanocomposite device for visible-light-driven photocatalytic reduction of aqueous Cr(vi)
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Planar heterojunction perovskite/PC71BM solar cells with enhanced open-circuit voltage via a (2/1)-step spin-coating process

A two-step spin-coating process was used to synthesize perovskite films at ambient conditions. Combining a PEDOT:PSS hole-transport layer and a PC71BM acceptor, the device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 16.31% with a remarkably high Voc of 1.05 V and FF of 0.78.

Graphical abstract: Planar heterojunction perovskite/PC71BM solar cells with enhanced open-circuit voltage via a (2/1)-step spin-coating process
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Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of graphene based Au–TiO2 photocatalysts for efficient visible-light hydrogen production

Au–TiO2–graphene photocatalysts display high visible-light hydrogen production activity due to the load of Au nanoparticles and introduction of graphene.

Graphical abstract: Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of graphene based Au–TiO2 photocatalysts for efficient visible-light hydrogen production
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Carbon quantum dots/TiO2 composites for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

Chemically bonded carbon quantum dots (CQDs)/TiO2 composites prepared via a one-step hydrothermal reaction exhibited enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution activity under UV-Vis and visible light irradiation due to the dual roles of the CQDs.

Graphical abstract: Carbon quantum dots/TiO2 composites for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution
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A noble metal-free reduced graphene oxide–CdS nanorod composite for the enhanced visible-light photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to solar fuel

RGO–CdS nanorod composites, prepared by a one-step route, demonstrate high activity for the visible-light photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CH4.

Graphical abstract: A noble metal-free reduced graphene oxide–CdS nanorod composite for the enhanced visible-light photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to solar fuel
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Study on the stability of CH3NH3PbI3 films and the effect of post-modification by aluminum oxide in all-solid-state hybrid solar cells

Post-modification by Al2O3 could improve the degradation of CH3NH3PbI3 and retard electron recombination in all-solid-state solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Study on the stability of CH3NH3PbI3 films and the effect of post-modification by aluminum oxide in all-solid-state hybrid solar cells
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Band gap engineered TiO2 nanoparticles for visible light induced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic studies

Modified TiO2 nanoparticles for visible light-induced photocatalytic activities.

Graphical abstract: Band gap engineered TiO2 nanoparticles for visible light induced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic studies
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About this collection

This first in a series of JMC A Top Picks collections focusses on ways in which the world’s hottest materials chemists harness the power of the sun for energy and sustainability.

The journal’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Hiroshi Imahori (Kyoto University, Japan) has gathered together the journal’s most outstanding recent papers in solar driven technologies with crucial real world applications, such as clean generation of fuels, removing pollutants from our environment and reducing harmful emissions.

Browse this collection to view reviews and original research demonstrating the use of materials to capture the clean and inexhaustible energy of the sun. With the increasing importance of addressing environmental issues caused by mass consumption of fossil fuels, as well as concerns that the world’s limited energy resources are increasingly stretched by continuous growth in our population and economy, these are key contributions to the field for now and the future.

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