Water Splitting by Visible Light: A Nanophotocathode for Hydrogen Production


  • T.N. gratefully acknowledges receipt of a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. The work presented here was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). P.-M.W. was supported by the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, under the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FP086-2007C).


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Hitting water with a 2 iron: A novel nanophotocathode for hydrogen production is based on a multilayer array of InP quantum dots activated with a synthetic diiron catalyst (see picture), which is related to the subsite of FeFe hydrogenase.