Progress towards a synergistically integrated, scalable solar fuels generator

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Abstract

The development of an artificial photosynthetic system involves obtaining desired functionalities on the nanoscale. A viable blueprint for an artificial photosynthetic system involves two complementary, current-matched and voltage-adding photosystems, in conjunction with two different catalysts: one to oxidize water, and the other to reduce either water and/or carbon dioxide to solar fuels. Recent progress towards a robust, efficient, inexpensive and safe solar-fuels generator provides an example of nanoscale materials-by-design. The light-absorbing semiconductors have been designed and grown as high-aspect-ratio microwires which simultaneously allow minimization of ionic transport pathways, sufficient depth for light absorption in the semiconductor, efficient collection of charge carriers, and high surface areas for catalyst loading. Non-noble-metal catalysts for the redox reactions have been discovered, and methods for protecting the semiconductors against corrosion have been developed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, Volume 2
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Pages3-22
Number of pages20
Volume1224
ISBN (Electronic)9780841231467
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
Volume1224
ISSN (Print)00976156
ISSN (Electronic)19475918

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Semiconductor materials
Catalysts
Blueprints
Water
Redox reactions
Charge carriers
Carbon Dioxide
Light absorption
Aspect ratio
Carbon dioxide
Metals
Corrosion
Electric potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Lewis, N. S. (2016). Progress towards a synergistically integrated, scalable solar fuels generator. In Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, Volume 2 (Vol. 1224, pp. 3-22). (ACS Symposium Series; Vol. 1224). American Chemical Society. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2016-1224.ch001

Progress towards a synergistically integrated, scalable solar fuels generator. / Lewis, Nathan S.

Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, Volume 2. Vol. 1224 American Chemical Society, 2016. p. 3-22 (ACS Symposium Series; Vol. 1224).

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Lewis, NS 2016, Progress towards a synergistically integrated, scalable solar fuels generator. in Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, Volume 2. vol. 1224, ACS Symposium Series, vol. 1224, American Chemical Society, pp. 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2016-1224.ch001
Lewis NS. Progress towards a synergistically integrated, scalable solar fuels generator. In Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, Volume 2. Vol. 1224. American Chemical Society. 2016. p. 3-22. (ACS Symposium Series). https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2016-1224.ch001
Lewis, Nathan S. / Progress towards a synergistically integrated, scalable solar fuels generator. Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, Volume 2. Vol. 1224 American Chemical Society, 2016. pp. 3-22 (ACS Symposium Series).
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