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Recent progress of metal–graphene nanostructures in photocatalysis

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Metal–graphene nanostructures (NSs) as photocatalysts, prepared using simple and scalable synthesis methods, are gaining heightened attention as novel materials for water treatment and environmental remediation applications. Graphene, the unique few layers sheet-like arrangement of sp2 hybridized carbon atoms, has an inimitable two-dimensional (2D) structure. The material is highly conductive, has high electron mobility and an extremely high surface area, and can be produced on a large scale at low cost. Accordingly, it has been considered as an essential base component for producing various metal-based NSs. In particular, metal-graphene NSs as photocatalysts have attracted considerable attention because of their special surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect that can improve their performance for the removal of toxic dyes and other pollutants. This review summarizes the recent and advanced progress for the easy fabrication and design of graphene-based NSs as photocatalysts, as a novel tool, using a range of approaches, including green and biogenic approaches.

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2018, accepted on 30 Apr 2018 and first published on 01 May 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR03500H
Nanoscale, 2018,10, 9427-9440

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    Recent progress of metal–graphene nanostructures in photocatalysis

    M. E. Khan, M. M. Khan and M. H. Cho, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 9427
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR03500H

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