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February 11, 2013
VIP: Visible-Light-Active Elemental Photocatalysts
Hui-Ming Cheng,* Gang Liu, Ping Niu
Elemental semiconductors are emerging as a fascinating class of photocatalysts for solar-energy conversion. The elemental photocatalysts investigated so far (i.e. Si, Se, P and S) have promising applications in photoelectrochemical water splitting and the photodegradation of organic pollutants. Elemental photocatalysts are still in their infancy, which leaves a huge room for developing them. By applying strategies that are widely used for compound-based photocatalysts, and other special strategies, the activity of elemental photocatalysts can be significantly improved.
Received December 21, 2012, published online February 18, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201201075 – read now.