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Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

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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.

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30 Jan 2017
05 May 2017
First published
17 May 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017,10, 1320-1338
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Review Article

Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

S. Chabi, K. M. Papadantonakis, N. S. Lewis and M. S. Freund, Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, 10, 1320
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE00294G

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