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Harnessing photo/electro-catalytic activity via nano-junctions in ternary nanocomposites for clean energy

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Abstract

Though solar energy availability is predicted for centuries, the diurnal and asymmetrical nature of the sun across the globe presents significant challenges in terms of harvesting sunlight. Photo/electro-catalysis, currently believed to be the bottleneck, promises a potential solution to these challenges along with a green and sustainable environment. This review aims to provide the current highlights on the application of inorganic-semiconductor-based ternary nanocomposites for H2 production and pollutant removal. Various engineering strategies employing integration of 2D materials, 1D nanorods, and/or 0D nanoparticles with inorganic semiconductors to create multiple nano-junctions have been developed for the excellent photocatalytic activity. Following a succinct description of the latest progress in photocatalysts, a discussion on the importance of ternary electrocatalysts in the field of next-generation supercapacitors has been included. Finally, the authors’ perspectives are considered briefly, including future developments and critical technical challenges in the ever-growing field of photo/electro-catalysis.

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Submitted
05 Aug 2020
Accepted
18 Oct 2020
First published
20 Oct 2020

This article is Open Access

Nanoscale, 2020, Advance Article
Article type
Minireview

Harnessing photo/electro-catalytic activity via nano-junctions in ternary nanocomposites for clean energy

E. Rani, P. Talebi, W. Cao, M. Huttula and H. Singh, Nanoscale, 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0NR05782G

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