Artificial Photosynthesis: From Materials to Devices


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Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI024000

Since the first report on solar fuels production by Fujishima and Honda in 1972, photoelectrochemical/electrochemical production of fuels, such as H2, carbonhydrates, etc., has significantly advanced over the past few decades with the remarkable development in new catalytic materials, fundamental knowledge, and new applications. In particular, the efficiency for solar fuels production steadily increases, for example, solar H2 production efficiency has reached 1.1% in term of the solar-to-hydrogen energy conversion efficiency. These progresses render solar fuels as promising candidates for use in modern technology. In the book Artificial Photosynthesis: From Materials to Devices, experts in the photoelectrochemical/electrochemical field discuss new catalytic materials as well as their photophysical properties and applications for artificial photosynthesis.

This book covers the topical research in artificial photosynthesis from conventional particulate catalysts and porous/2D materials to the cutting-edge use of these materials in device fabrication for photoelectrochemistry and electrochemistry, as well as theoretical studies. In terms of applications, this book centers on CO2 photoreduction to valuable carbohydrates and water dissociation into high energy density H2. Throughout the book, examples and illustrations of applications are chosen to help the readers comprehend the achievements and trends in this rapidly evolving field.

This book also provides the state-of-the-art research techniques in artificial photosynthesis. This book is informative and helpful for researchers, graduates, and advanced undergraduates interested in the CO2 reduction and water splitting and will assist them to quickly appreciate the research progresses in this field.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Two-Dimensional Nanostructure for Highly Efficient CO2 Conversion and Hydrogen Generation
(Guixia Zhao, Ruhr Universitaet Bochum, Technische Chemie, Gebaeude, Bochum, Germany)

Chapter 2. Design of Novel Visible-Light-Driven Semiconductor Photocatalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis
(Xin Li, College of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, Key Laboratory of Energy Plants Resource and Utilization, Ministry of Agriculture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China)

Chapter 3. Recent Advances in Graphitic Carbon Nitride (g-C3N4) for Photocatalysis
(Yupeng Yuan, Haiwei Du,a Shaonian Hu, Xiangang Lin, Meidan Ye, and Zhiqun Line, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei, China, and others)

Chapter 4. Metal-Organic Frameworks Based Photocatalysts for Solar Fuel Generation
(Shaista Ibrahim and Muhammad Arif Nadeem, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Chapter 5. Tandem Devices for Artificial Photosynthesis
(Xueqin Liu, Yang Wang and Zhen Li, Engineering Research Center of Nano-Geomaterials of Ministry of Education, Faculty of Materials Science and Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, Hubei, China)

Chapter 6. Artificial Photosynthesis of Algae for Biofuel Production
(Yingqiang Sun, Anhui University, Hefei, China)

Chapter 7. Theoretical Studies on Hydrogen Production from Photosynthesis: Simulation on Band Alignment Determination and Tunable Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Activity
(Wei Zhou, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)

Chapter 8. Nanostructures for Electrochemical Hydrogen Generation
(Zhao-Qing Liu and Kang Xiao, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China)



This book is suitable for people including graduate students, scientists and engineers who work in the field of catalysis science and technology, energy materials, and materials science and engineering.


Photocatalysis, g-C3N4, Metal-organic frameworks, Electrochemical H2 generation, CO2 reduction.

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