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Title: Recent progress in g-C3N4 based low cost photocatalytic system: activity enhancement and emerging applications
Authors: Yin, Shengming
Han, Jianyu
Zhou, Tianhua
Xu, Rong
Keywords: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Yin, S., Han, J., Zhou, T., & Xu, R. (2015). Recent progress in g-C3N4 based low cost hotocatalytic system: activity enhancement and emerging applications. Catalysis Science and Technology, 5(12), 5048-5061.
Series/Report no.: Catalysis Science & Technology
Abstract: Graphitic C3N4 (g-C3N4) has continuously attracted attention since it was reported as a metal-free semiconductor for water splitting. However, its ability to evolve hydrogen from water is significantly dependent on the use of noble metal co-catalyst, mainly Pt. In recent years, good progress has been achieved in developing co-catalysts containing earth abundant elements only for constructing low cost and efficient g-C3N4 based photocatalytic systems. Besides, exfoliation of bulk g-C3N4 into two dimensional g-C3N4 nanosheets offers large surface area and exposed active sites, which are beneficial for activity enhancement. Furthermore, oxygen evolution and CO2 photoreduction over g-C3N4 have gained increasing interests due to the demand to achieve overall water splitting and conversion of CO2 into chemicals and fuels. In this mini-review, we will briefly summarize the latest research works on g-C3N4 based photocatalytic systems during the last three years with emphasis on the progress achieved in enhancing the hydrogen evolution activity of g-C3N4 by loading noble metal free co-catalysts, exfoliating bulk g-C3N4 into nanosheets, and applying the g-C3N4 system in photocatalytic O2 evolution and CO2 reduction.
ISSN: 2044-4753
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00938C
Schools: School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering 
Research Centres: Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) 
Rights: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.
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