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Light induced formation of a surface heterojunction in photocharged CuWO4 photoanodes

Photocharging of CuWO4 photoanodes enhances its water oxidation kinetics as a result of improved charge separation near the electrode/electrolyte interface post photocharging.

Graphical abstract: Light induced formation of a surface heterojunction in photocharged CuWO4 photoanodes
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Z-scheme photocatalyst systems employing Rh- and Ir-doped metal oxide materials for water splitting under visible light irradiation

Z-scheme systems for water splitting were successfully developed by employing Rh- and Ir-doped metal oxides with SrTiO3:Rh and BiVO4 photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Z-scheme photocatalyst systems employing Rh- and Ir-doped metal oxide materials for water splitting under visible light irradiation
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Solar-driven carbon dioxide fixation using photosynthetic semiconductor bio-hybrids

Photosensitization of non-photosynthetic organisms by highly biocompatible gold nanoclusters achieves solar-driven carbon dioxide-to-chemical conversion. Further work explores cytoprotective materials and the photo-induced mechanism of charge transfer.

Graphical abstract: Solar-driven carbon dioxide fixation using photosynthetic semiconductor bio-hybrids
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Evaluating the impacts of amino acids in the second and outer coordination spheres of Rh-bis(diphosphine) complexes for CO2 hydrogenation

The influence of a biologically inspired second and outer coordination sphere on Rh-bis(diphosphine) CO2 hydrogenation catalysts was explored.

Graphical abstract: Evaluating the impacts of amino acids in the second and outer coordination spheres of Rh-bis(diphosphine) complexes for CO2 hydrogenation
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
Open Access Paper

A kinetic model for redox-active film based biophotoelectrodes

Redox-active films are advantageous matrices for the immobilization of photosynthetic proteins, due to their ability to mediate electron transfer as well as to achieve high catalyst loading on an electrode for efficient generation of electricity or solar fuels.

Graphical abstract: A kinetic model for redox-active film based biophotoelectrodes
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Distinguishing the effects of altered morphology and size on the visible light-induced water oxidation activity and photoelectrochemical performance of BaTaO2N crystal structures

The effects of altered morphology and size on the visible light-induced water oxidation activity and photoelectrochemical performance of BaTaO2N crystal structures were studied.

Graphical abstract: Distinguishing the effects of altered morphology and size on the visible light-induced water oxidation activity and photoelectrochemical performance of BaTaO2N crystal structures
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Sequential catalysis enables enhanced C–C coupling towards multi-carbon alkenes and alcohols in carbon dioxide reduction: a study on bifunctional Cu/Au electrocatalysts

We employed the concept of sequential catalysis to design CuAu bifunctional catalysts for the selective and scalable reduction of CO2 to ethylene and ethanol.

Graphical abstract: Sequential catalysis enables enhanced C–C coupling towards multi-carbon alkenes and alcohols in carbon dioxide reduction: a study on bifunctional Cu/Au electrocatalysts
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
Open Access Paper

Photocatalytically active ladder polymers

Post-polymerization ladderization is explored as a promising technique to boost the photo-catalytic activity of conjugated polymers.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytically active ladder polymers
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
Open Access Paper

Towards compartmentalized photocatalysis: multihaem proteins as transmembrane molecular electron conduits

We show a proof-of-concept for using MtrCAB as a lipid membrane-spanning building block for compartmentalised photocatalysis that mimics photosynthesis.

Graphical abstract: Towards compartmentalized photocatalysis: multihaem proteins as transmembrane molecular electron conduits
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Utilising excited state organic anions for photoredox catalysis: activation of (hetero)aryl chlorides by visible light-absorbing 9-anthrolate anions

A novel photocatalytic concept based on photoexcitation of an organic anionic ground state catalyst for direct C–H (het)arylations using (het)aryl chlorides.

Graphical abstract: Utilising excited state organic anions for photoredox catalysis: activation of (hetero)aryl chlorides by visible light-absorbing 9-anthrolate anions
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
Open Access Paper

Photoinduced hole transfer from tris(bipyridine)ruthenium dye to a high-valent iron-based water oxidation catalyst

Fast visible light-driven water oxidation catalyzed by the FeIV cage complex relies on its efficient hole scavenging activity in the system utilizing [Ru(bpy)3]2+ as a photosensitizer.

Graphical abstract: Photoinduced hole transfer from tris(bipyridine)ruthenium dye to a high-valent iron-based water oxidation catalyst
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Photo-generation of cyclic carbonates using hyper-branched Ru–TiO2

The photo-catalytic fixation of CO2 and epoxides for the photo-generation of cyclic carbonates (CCs) using Ru–TiO2 hyper-branched nanorods.

Graphical abstract: Photo-generation of cyclic carbonates using hyper-branched Ru–TiO2
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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p-Type dye-sensitized solar cells based on pseudorotaxane mediated charge-transfer

We report the synthesis of dyes with recognition sites that facilitate pseudorotaxane formation and implementation into a p-type DSSC where the ring acts as a redox mediator.

Graphical abstract: p-Type dye-sensitized solar cells based on pseudorotaxane mediated charge-transfer
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
Open Access Paper

Computational high-throughput screening of polymeric photocatalysts: exploring the effect of composition, sequence isomerism and conformational degrees of freedom

We discuss a low-cost computational workflow for the high throughput screening of polymeric photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Computational high-throughput screening of polymeric photocatalysts: exploring the effect of composition, sequence isomerism and conformational degrees of freedom
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Mechanistic insights into C2 and C3 product generation using Ni3Al and Ni3Ga electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction

Systematic variations in catalyst structure and electrolyte isotopic labeling narrow down mechanistic possibilities for CO2 reduction using Ni–Group 13 electrocatalysts

Graphical abstract: Mechanistic insights into C2 and C3 product generation using Ni3Al and Ni3Ga electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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A microfluidic photoelectrochemical cell for solar-driven CO2 conversion into liquid fuels with CuO-based photocathodes

Schematic representation of photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction set-up.

Graphical abstract: A microfluidic photoelectrochemical cell for solar-driven CO2 conversion into liquid fuels with CuO-based photocathodes
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Tuning purple bacteria salt-tolerance for photobioelectrochemical systems in saline environments

Fast adaptation of Rhodobacter capsulatus to increasing salinities opens possibilities for photo-bioelectrochemical systems development for saline environments.

Graphical abstract: Tuning purple bacteria salt-tolerance for photobioelectrochemical systems in saline environments
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Performance of enhanced DuBois type water reduction catalysts (WRC) in artificial photosynthesis – effects of various proton relays during catalysis

A pincer type ligand provides an additional coordination site or a proton relay depending on the metal oxidation state.

Graphical abstract: Performance of enhanced DuBois type water reduction catalysts (WRC) in artificial photosynthesis – effects of various proton relays during catalysis
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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A tandem photoelectrochemical water splitting cell consisting of CuBi2O4 and BiVO4 synthesized from a single Bi4O5I2 nanosheet template

A bias-free tandem photoelectrochemical water splitting cell consisting of a CuBi2O4 photocathode and a BiVO4 photoanode synthesized from a single Bi4O5I2 template.

Graphical abstract: A tandem photoelectrochemical water splitting cell consisting of CuBi2O4 and BiVO4 synthesized from a single Bi4O5I2 nanosheet template
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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FexNi9−xS8 (x = 3–6) as potential photocatalysts for solar-driven hydrogen production?

The photocatalytic proton reduction is catalyzed by FexNix−9S8.

Graphical abstract: FexNi9−xS8 (x = 3–6) as potential photocatalysts for solar-driven hydrogen production?
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Visible light-driven water oxidation with a ruthenium sensitizer and a cobalt-based catalyst connected with a polymeric platform

A novel PS–WOC dyad which incorporates a ruthenium-based photosensitizer (PS) connected to a Prussian blue type water oxidation catalyst (WOC) through a P4VP platform is presented.

Graphical abstract: Visible light-driven water oxidation with a ruthenium sensitizer and a cobalt-based catalyst connected with a polymeric platform
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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Iron phosphate modified calcium iron oxide as an efficient and robust catalyst in electrocatalyzing oxygen evolution from seawater

CaFeOx modified with electrodeposited FePO4 exhibits high activity and stability in natural seawater splitting.

Graphical abstract: Iron phosphate modified calcium iron oxide as an efficient and robust catalyst in electrocatalyzing oxygen evolution from seawater
From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
Accepted Manuscript - Paper

Influence of Carbonaceous Species on Aqueous Photo-catalytic Nitrogen Fixation by Titania

From the themed collection: Artificial photosynthesis
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About this collection

We are delighted to share with you a selection of the papers which will be presented at our Faraday Discussion on Artificial photosynthesis taking place in Cambridge, UK in March 2019. More information about the event may be found here: http://rsc.li/photosynthesis-fd2019. Additional articles will be added to the collection as they are published. The final versions of all the articles presented and a record of the live discussions will be published after the event.

Artificial photosynthesis is a process that converts solar energy into a renewable fuel, a so-called solar fuel. This rapidly developing and growing area addresses a global challenge of the 21st century: the transition from a fossil fuel-based to a sustainable economy. This field is cross-disciplinary, spanning biology and chemistry to physics and engineering, with physical chemistry at its core, essential to fundamentally understand the underlying processes that enable light absorption, charge separation and efficient redox catalysis.
This meeting will be the third edition in a series on this topic following Discussions in Edinburgh, UK in 2011 (see Faraday Discuss., 155) and Kyoto, Japan in 2017 (see Faraday Discuss., 198) and will discuss recent breakthroughs and contemporary challenges in the field. This Faraday Discussion meeting will bring together scientists with a broad set of expertise who will share knowledge and aim to find consensus on priorities in future development of artificial photosynthesis research.​

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