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Editor-in-Chief: Guido Kemeling; Editorial Board Chairs: Matthias Beller, Gabriele Centi, Licheng Sun

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Online ISSN: 1864-564X

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemPhysChem, Energy Technology

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May 26, 2016

VIP: Nature-Inspired Design of Artificial Solar-to-Fuel Conversion Systems based on Copper Phosphate Microflowers

Nature-Inspired Design of Artificial Solar-to-Fuel Conversion Systems based on Copper Phosphate Microflowers

Flower power: Phosphates play an important role in photosynthesis by mediating electron transport and furnishing energy for CO2 reduction. Mimicking plant photosynthesis, an artificial solar-to-fuel conversion system composed of versatile copper phosphate microflowers and titanium dioxide nanoparticles is shown to enhance hydrogen generation by photocatalytic water splitting.

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