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An Overview of the Photocatalytic H2 Evolution by Semiconductor-Based Materials for Nonspecialists

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Ivo F. Teixeira [1] ; Jhon Quiroz ; Mauricio S. Homsi [3] ; Pedro H. C. Camargo [4]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar). Departamento de Química - Brasil
[3] Universidade de São Paulo. Instituto de Química. Departamento de Química Fundamental - Brasil
[4] University of Helsinki. Department of Chemistry - Finlândia
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society; v. 31, n. 2, p. 211-229, 2020-01-20.

The solar-to-chemical energy conversion is promising to tackle sustainability challenges toward a global future. The production of H2 from sunlight represents an attractive alternative to the use of carboniferous fossil fuels to meet our energy demands. In this context, the water splitting reaction photocatalyzed by semiconductors that can be excited under visible or near-infrared light excitation represents an attractive route to the clean generation of H2. In this review, we present an overview of the most important concepts behind the H2 generation, from water splitting, promoted by semiconductor-based systems for readers that were recently introduced to the water splitting topic. Then, we present the main classes of photocatalysts based on semiconductors. For each class of semiconductors, we focused on the examples that lead to the highest activities towards the H2 production and discuss the operation principles, advantages, performances, limitations, and challenges. We cover metal oxides, sulfides, and nitrides. We also discuss strategies in which these materials are combined, including hybridization with metal nanoparticles, other semiconductors, and carbon dots, to achieve improved performances and circumvent the limitations of the individual counterparts. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/23495-9 - Nanohybrids photocatalyst AuPd/g-C3N4 nanosheets to promote CH4 oxidation into methanol under mild conditions
Grantee:Mauricio Samuel Homsi
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 17/05506-0 - Nanoengineering Materials for Plasmonic Photocatalytic Applications
Grantee:Ivo Freitas Teixeira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 15/26308-7 - Optimization of the physicochemical properties of nano -structured materials for applications in molecular recognition, catalysis and energy conversion/storage
Grantee:Roberto Manuel Torresi
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 16/17866-9 - Tailoring the catalytic properties of plasmonic Nanorattles towards the photochemical activation of oxygen under mild conditions
Grantee:Jhon Jhon Quiroz Torres
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate