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g-C3N4-Based Nanomaterials for Visible Light-Driven Photocatalysis

European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
School of Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Catalysts 2018, 8(2), 74;
Received: 2 January 2018 / Revised: 24 January 2018 / Accepted: 7 February 2018 / Published: 9 February 2018
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Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) is a promising material for photocatalytic applications such as solar fuels production through CO2 reduction and water splitting, and environmental remediation through the degradation of organic pollutants. This promise reflects the advantageous photophysical properties of g-C3N4 nanostructures, notably high surface area, quantum efficiency, interfacial charge separation and transport, and ease of modification through either composite formation or the incorporation of desirable surface functionalities. Here, we review recent progress in the synthesis and photocatalytic applications of diverse g-C3N4 nanostructured materials, and highlight the physical basis underpinning their performance for each application. Potential new architectures, such as hierarchical or composite g-C3N4 nanostructures, that may offer further performance enhancements in solar energy harvesting and conversion are also outlined. View Full-Text
Keywords: g-C3N4; photocatalysis; nanomaterials; CO2 reduction; H2 evolution; semiconductor; environmental remediation g-C3N4; photocatalysis; nanomaterials; CO2 reduction; H2 evolution; semiconductor; environmental remediation

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Kumar, S.; Karthikeyan, S.; Lee, A.F. g-C3N4-Based Nanomaterials for Visible Light-Driven Photocatalysis. Catalysts 2018, 8, 74.

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