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Progress Towards a Synergistically Integrated, Scalable Solar Fuels Generator

Lewis, Nathan S. (2016) Progress Towards a Synergistically Integrated, Scalable Solar Fuels Generator. In: Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise. ACS Symposium Series. Vol.2. No.1224. American Chemical Society , Washington, DC, pp. 3-22. ISBN 9780841231467. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161026-151926632

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Abstract

The development of an artificial photosynthetic system involves obtaining desired functionalities on the nanoscale. A viable blueprint for an artificial photosynthetic system involves two complementary, current-matched and voltage-adding photosystems, in conjunction with two different catalysts: one to oxidize water, and the other to reduce either water and/or carbon dioxide to solar fuels. Recent progress towards a robust, efficient, inexpensive and safe solar-fuels generator provides an example of nanoscale materials-by-design. The light-absorbing semiconductors have been designed and grown as high-aspect-ratio microwires which simultaneously allow minimization of ionic transport pathways, sufficient depth for light absorption in the semiconductor, efficient collection of charge carriers, and high surface areas for catalyst loading. Non-noble-metal catalysts for the redox reactions have been discovered, and methods for protecting the semiconductors against corrosion have been developed.


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Lewis, Nathan S.0000-0001-5245-0538
Additional Information:© 2016 American Chemical Society. Publication Date (Web): August 29, 2016. We gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Department of Energy through the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as acknowledged in the individual publications referenced herein, as well as for partial salary support for NSL that enabled the preparation of this manuscript. We also gratefully acknowledge the talented students and postdoctoral fellows who have made significant contributions to this work, especially including those listed as authors on the publications from our research group and referenced herein. Dr. Kimberly Papadantonakis is also acknowledged for assistance in preparation of this manuscript.
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Official Citation:Progress Towards a Synergistically Integrated, Scalable Solar Fuels Generator Nathan S. Lewis Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise Volume 2. January 1, 2016 , 3-22 DOI:10.1021/bk-2016-1224.ch001
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