About this Research Topic
Natural photosynthesis provides a blueprint for the conversion of solar energy into chemicals and fuels. Inspiring by this, researchers have paid much attention to the design of photo/electro-catalysts to convert small abundant molecules into renewable chemicals and fuels to serve human industrial consumption. For example, photo-assisted water splitting to generate H2 and solar-driven hydrogenation of CO2 into value-added chemical products are anticipated to be sustainable energy sources. The design of photocatalysts and electrocatalysts are pivotal for these processes. The referred photocatalysts and electrocatalysts are divided into different classes, including metal alloys, inorganic metal compounds, organic molecular, metal-organic framework, and carbon-based nanomaterials. This research topic aims to bring together the latest ideas in the field of the theoretical prediction of related catalysts, the rational design of related catalysts with different structures, the evaluation of the performances in photo(electro)catalysis for related reactions, and computational techniques for related mechanistic work.
The scope of this Research Topic covers advances in preparation, properties, and applications of photo/electro-catalysts for the conversion of small abundant molecules into renewable chemicals and fuels. Both Original Research and Review articles are welcome. Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Theoretical prediction of photocatalysts and electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution, CO2 reduction, N2 reduction, etc.
• Novel methods to synthesize the potential materials for related reactions.
• Design and synthesis of photocatalysts for hydrogen generation and CO2 reduction, etc.
• Advanced electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution, CO2 reduction, N2 reduction, H2O2 formation, etc.
• In situ spectroscopic techniques and computational techniques for mechanistic study.
Keywords: Photocatalysis; Electrocatalysis; Water splitting; CO2 reduction; N2 reduction
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