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The front cover artwork for issue 12/2013 is provided by the group of Rong Xu at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The image shows how a photocatalyst based on earth-abundant elements only can contribute to a sustainable society. The Full Paper itself is available on page 2263 (10.1002/cssc.201300647).
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12The photocatalysts we developed for photocatalytic water reduction are based on C, N, Ni, and S elements, which are abundant on earth. Because of this, photocatalysts constructed using these elements can contribute to shaping societies on Earth that are based on sustainability through artificial photosynthesis (artificial leaf).
What other topics are you working on at the moment?
In addition to water splitting, we are also interested in the development of photocatalysts for CO2 reduction, which is useful for the production of solar fuels, and functional nanomaterials for environmental applications.
What do you consider exciting developments in the field?
The rational design of photocatalysts guided by understanding (derived from the use of advanced analytical tools) of the fundamental processes will create opportunities for breakthroughs in the field.
The cover artwork was supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) through the Singapore–Berkeley Research Initiative for Sustainable Energy (SinBeRISE) CREATE program. The study itself was supported by the National Environment Agency, Singapore, under the Environment Technology Research Program (ETRP) through Project no. ETRP 1002 103, and Singapore NRF through the SinBeRISE CREATE Program.