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2D Photocatalysts for Water Splitting

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Photocatalysis has been profiled as a promising strategy for the production of renewable energy. The driving force behind this is the advancement of nanomaterials. Atomically thin 2D nanomaterials are of particular interest, as these endow remarkable physico-chemical properties such as large specific surface area, superior flexibility, mechanical strength and optical transparency. Additionally, the 2D nanomaterials can be coupled with other materials to alter the functionalities of 2D structures. Apart from coupling with other nanomaterials, the 2D nanomaterials can be modified through doping, defect engineering, edge modification and facet controlling, thus improving the activity and stability of the nanomaterials toward efficient energy conversion. In view of their merits and characteristics, 2D nanomaterials have been employed in the field of solar energy conversion, particularly water splitting.

This Research Topic aims to cover recent advances in designing 2D-based nanomaterials for photocatalytic water splitting to highlight the booming interest in this emerging field. Emerging new 2D nanomaterials will be explored to highlight the state-of-the-art research in energy conversion. In addition, the Research Topic also aims to elucidate insights into future directions for modifying the pristine 2D nanomaterials with controllable functionalities in order to advance the water splitting process. Therefore, the structure-activity relationship can be further understood with the goal of potential commercialization in the near future.

The Topic Editors encourage the submission of Original Research and Review papers that address themes including, but not limited to, the following:
• 2D nanomaterials
• Metal-free nanostructures
• Carbon-based nanocomposites
• Photocatalysis
• Photoelectrocatalysis
• Water splitting
• H2 evolution
• O2 evolution
• Heterostructuring
• Nanocomposites
• Modelling and simulations
• Reaction mechanisms


Keywords: photocatalysis, 2D materials, solar fuels, water splitting, nanocomposites


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Photocatalysis has been profiled as a promising strategy for the production of renewable energy. The driving force behind this is the advancement of nanomaterials. Atomically thin 2D nanomaterials are of particular interest, as these endow remarkable physico-chemical properties such as large specific surface area, superior flexibility, mechanical strength and optical transparency. Additionally, the 2D nanomaterials can be coupled with other materials to alter the functionalities of 2D structures. Apart from coupling with other nanomaterials, the 2D nanomaterials can be modified through doping, defect engineering, edge modification and facet controlling, thus improving the activity and stability of the nanomaterials toward efficient energy conversion. In view of their merits and characteristics, 2D nanomaterials have been employed in the field of solar energy conversion, particularly water splitting.

This Research Topic aims to cover recent advances in designing 2D-based nanomaterials for photocatalytic water splitting to highlight the booming interest in this emerging field. Emerging new 2D nanomaterials will be explored to highlight the state-of-the-art research in energy conversion. In addition, the Research Topic also aims to elucidate insights into future directions for modifying the pristine 2D nanomaterials with controllable functionalities in order to advance the water splitting process. Therefore, the structure-activity relationship can be further understood with the goal of potential commercialization in the near future.

The Topic Editors encourage the submission of Original Research and Review papers that address themes including, but not limited to, the following:
• 2D nanomaterials
• Metal-free nanostructures
• Carbon-based nanocomposites
• Photocatalysis
• Photoelectrocatalysis
• Water splitting
• H2 evolution
• O2 evolution
• Heterostructuring
• Nanocomposites
• Modelling and simulations
• Reaction mechanisms


Keywords: photocatalysis, 2D materials, solar fuels, water splitting, nanocomposites


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 September 2020 Manuscript

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30 September 2020 Manuscript

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