Membranes for artificial photosynthesis

Sakineh Chabi, Kimberly M. Papadantonakis, Nathan S. Lewis, Michael S. Freund

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Abstract

Membrane-based architectures enable optimization of charge transport and electrochemical potential gradients in artificial photosynthesis. Spatial integration of the membrane-bound components reduces the impact of charge recombination and can reduce electrical resistances associated with ionic and electronic transport processes. In addition to eliminating the need for external electrical circuits, a membrane-based architecture also ensures separation of energetic products, thereby preventing the formation of potentially dangerous fuel/oxidant mixtures. Membrane-based structures may also be coupled with other devices, such as perovskite-based solar cells, to further benefit solar fuel production. This review discusses the key roles that various different types of membranes play in artificial photosynthetic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1320-1338
Number of pages19
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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    Chabi, S., Papadantonakis, K. M., Lewis, N. S., & Freund, M. S. (2017). Membranes for artificial photosynthesis. Energy and Environmental Science, 10(6), 1320-1338. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ee00294g