Jump to main content
Jump to site search
Access to RSC content Close the message box

Continue to access RSC content when you are not at your institution. Follow our step-by-step guide.

Issue 6, 2017
Previous Article Next Article

Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

Author affiliations


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.

Graphical abstract: Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

Back to tab navigation

Article information

30 Jan 2017
05 May 2017
First published
17 May 2017

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

Social activity

Search articles by author