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Nanomaterials for renewable energy production and storage

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Over the past decades, there have been many projections on the future depletion of the fossil fuel reserves on earth as well as the rapid increase in green-house gas emissions. There is clearly an urgent need for the development of renewable energy technologies. On a different frontier, growth and manipulation of materials on the nanometer scale have progressed at a fast pace. Selected recent and significant advances in the development of nanomaterials for renewable energy applications are reviewed here, and special emphases are given to the studies of solar-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production, electricity generation with dye-sensitized solar cells, solid-state hydrogen storage, and electric energy storage with lithium ion rechargeable batteries.

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The article was received on 31 Aug 2011 and first published on 18 Sep 2012

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35230C
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 7909-7937

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    Nanomaterials for renewable energy production and storage

    X. Chen, C. Li, M. Grätzel, R. Kostecki and S. S. Mao, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 7909
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35230C

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