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Photocatalytic hydrogen production

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The efficient storage of solar energy in chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, is essential for the large-scale utilisation of solar energy systems. Recent advances in the photocatalytic production of H2 are highlighted. Two general approaches for the photocatalytic hydrogen generation by homogeneous catalysts are considered: HX (X = Cl, Br) splitting involving both proton reduction and halide oxidationvia an inner-sphere mechanism with a single-component catalyst; and sensitized H2 production, employing sacrificial electron donors to regenerate the active catalyst. Future directions and challenges in photocatalytic H2 generation are enumerated.

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25 Apr 2011
17 May 2011
First published
06 Jun 2011

Chem. Commun., 2011,47, 9268-9274
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Photocatalytic hydrogen production

T. S. Teets and D. G. Nocera, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 9268
DOI: 10.1039/C1CC12390D

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