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Silicon diatom frustules as nanostructured photoelectrodes

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In the quest for solutions to meeting future energy demands, solar fuels play an important role. A particularly promising example is photocatalysis since even incremental improvements in performance in this process are bound to translate into significant cost benefits. Here, we report that semiconducting and high surface area 3D silicon replicas prepared from abundantly available diatom fossils sustain photocurrents and enable solar energy conversion.

Graphical abstract: Silicon diatom frustules as nanostructured photoelectrodes

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Submitted
12 Jun 2014
Accepted
22 Jul 2014
First published
22 Jul 2014

Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 10441-10444
Article type
Communication

Silicon diatom frustules as nanostructured photoelectrodes

S. Chandrasekaran, M. J. Sweetman, K. Kant, W. Skinner, D. Losic, T. Nann and N. H. Voelcker, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 10441
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04470C

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