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Issue 4, 2019
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Principles of photothermal gas-phase heterogeneous CO2 catalysis

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Photothermal catalysis is an emerging sub-discipline of heterogeneous catalysis. It is distinct from both thermochemical catalysis driven by heat and photochemical catalysis powered by sunlight. Instead, photothermal catalysis exploits broad absorption of the solar spectrum to stimulate a combination of thermochemical and photochemical processes, which contribute synergistically to driving catalytic reactions. In particular, it is proving an effective and promising strategy for converting CO2 to synthetic fuels. This article provides a critical appraisal of the concepts and principles underpinning the theory and practice of photothermal CO2 catalysis. Ultimately, the goal is to gain an appreciation of the scientific, technological, economic, and environmental challenges inevitably confronted by those pursuing the development of photothermal CO2 refineries.

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The article was received on 21 Sep 2018, accepted on 21 Dec 2018 and first published on 08 Jan 2019

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8EE02790K
Energy Environ. Sci., 2019,12, 1122-1142

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    Principles of photothermal gas-phase heterogeneous CO2 catalysis

    M. Ghoussoub, M. Xia, P. N. Duchesne, D. Segal and G. Ozin, Energy Environ. Sci., 2019, 12, 1122
    DOI: 10.1039/C8EE02790K

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