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Issue 28, 2015
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Synthetic strategies to nanostructured photocatalysts for CO2 reduction to solar fuels and chemicals

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Abstract

Artificial photosynthesis represents one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century, offering the possibility of clean energy through water photolysis and renewable chemicals through CO2 utilisation as a sustainable feedstock. Catalysis will undoubtedly play a key role in delivering technologies able to meet these goals, mediating solar energy via excited generate charge carriers to selectively activate molecular bonds under ambient conditions. This review describes recent synthetic approaches adopted to engineer nanostructured photocatalytic materials for efficient light harnessing, charge separation and the photoreduction of CO2 to higher hydrocarbons such as methane, methanol and even olefins.

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The article was received on 02 Mar 2015, accepted on 20 May 2015 and first published on 22 May 2015


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5TA01592H
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Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 14487-14516
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    Synthetic strategies to nanostructured photocatalysts for CO2 reduction to solar fuels and chemicals

    D. Chen, X. Zhang and A. F. Lee, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 14487
    DOI: 10.1039/C5TA01592H

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