Photocatalysis: Fundamentals and Perspectives
CHAPTER 13: New Materials for CO2 Photoreduction
Published:17 Mar 2016
Special Collection: 2016 ebook collection , ECCC Environmental eBooks 1968-2022Series: Energy and Environment
Yong Zhou, Wenguang Tu, Zhigang Zou, 2016. "New Materials for CO2 Photoreduction", Photocatalysis: Fundamentals and Perspectives, Jenny Schneider, Detlef Bahnemann, Jinhua Ye, Gianluca Li Puma, Dionysios D Dionysiou, Jenny Schneider, Detlef Bahnemann, Jinhua Ye, Gianluca Li Puma, Dionysios D Dionysiou
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Carbon neutral renewable fuels generated from solar-driven CO2 reduction have the potential to be a clean, sustainable, and abundant energy source. Inspired by natural photosynthesis in green plants, photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuels couples the reductive half-reaction of CO2 fixation with a matched oxidative half-reaction such as water oxidation to achieve a carbon neutral cycle, mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of future fossil fuel. The scientific challenge is to develop a class of photocatalysts made of earth abundant, low cost, non-toxic, sunlight stable and highly active materials. This chapter introduces state-of-the-art research activities of design of new photocatalytic materials from the point of light harvesting, adsorption of reactants, charge separation and transport, and CO2 activation. The challenges and prospects for future development of this field are also presented.