Polymeric Carbon Nitride Semiconductors for Artificial Photosynthesis
State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University
Abstract: The production of hydrogen by direct water splitting using a catalyst and sunlight is an ideal future energy source, independent of fossil reserves. During the past 40 years, various inorganic semiconductors and molecular assemblies have been developed as catalysts for hydrogen production from water under visible light illumination. However, for an economical utilization of water and solar energy, catalysts that are sufficiently efficient, stable, cheap, and capable of harvesting the abundant visible light are required. We have found that an abundant material, polymeric carbon nitride, can activate hydrogen production from water under visible light irradiation. The facile synthesis of the melon-based polymeric carbon nitride from simple liquid precursors and monomers allows easy engineering of carbon nitride materials to achieve better photocatalytic performance via several processing routes and methods, like doping, templated synthesis, copolymerization, hot-fluid annealing, and heterojunction design.1,2 The results represent an important step in photosynthesis of solar hydrogen fuels and chemicals where conjugated polymer semiconductors could be used as photocatalysts.
State Key Lab. of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment,
College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University
Fuzhou 350002, P. R. China.
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1999 B.S. in Physical Chemistry, Fuzhou University, China
2002 M.S. in Physical Chemistry, Fuzhou University, China
2005 Ph.D. in Environmental Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2005.7-2005.9 Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
2006.5-2007.4 JSPS Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2007.5-2009.6 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
2008.7-2012.4 Group Leader, Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
2005.10- Professor, College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, P. R. China
Water Splitting Chemistry
Metal/conjugated organic frameworks for solar energy utilization
2006 JSPS Research Fellowship, Japan
2007 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany
2013 Author Profiles Publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
2014 National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, China
2015 Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry/UK