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Will Solar-Driven Water-Splitting Devices See the Light of Day?

McKone, James R. and Lewis, Nathan S. and Gray, Harry B. (2014) Will Solar-Driven Water-Splitting Devices See the Light of Day? Chemistry of Materials, 26 (1). pp. 407-414. ISSN 0897-4756. doi:10.1021/cm4021518.

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Through decades of sustained effort, researchers have made substantial progress on developing technologies for solar-driven water splitting. Nevertheless, more basic research is needed before prototype devices with a chance for commercial success can be demonstrated. In this Perspective, we summarize the major design constraints that motivate continued research in the field of solar-driven water splitting. Additionally, we discuss key device components that are now available for use in demonstration systems and prototypes. Finally, we highlight research areas where breakthroughs will be critical for continued progress toward commercial viability for solar-driven water-splitting devices.

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McKone, James R.0000-0001-6445-7884
Lewis, Nathan S.0000-0001-5245-0538
Gray, Harry B.0000-0002-7937-7876
Additional Information:© 2013 American Chemical Society. Published In Issue January 14, 2014; Article ASAP October 14, 2013; Just Accepted Manuscript August 27, 2013; Received: July 01, 2013; Revised: August 22, 2013. This article is part of the Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Chemistry of Materials special issue. N.S.L. acknowledges support from the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, supported through the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Award Number DE-SC0004993. J.R.M. and H.B.G. acknowledge the National Science Foundation for support through the Powering the Planet Center for Chemical Innovation, Grant CHE-1305124. J.R.M. acknowledges the DOE Office of Science for a graduate research fellowship. The authors thank Dr. Shane Ardo and Adam Nielander for helpful comments during the preparation of this manuscript.
Group:CCI Solar Fuels, JCAP
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0004993
Subject Keywords:solar fuels; hydrogen evolution; HER; oxygen evolution; OER; photoelectrochemistry; electrocatalysis; semiconductor; ion-exchange membrane
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Official Citation:McKone, J. R., Lewis, N. S., & Gray, H. B. (2013). Will Solar-Driven Water-Splitting Devices See the Light of Day? Chemistry of Materials, 26(1), 407-414. doi: 10.1021/cm4021518
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:04 Mar 2014 22:42
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