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Nanomaterials 2016, 6(3), 51;

Porphyrin-Based Nanostructures for Photocatalytic Applications

School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Academic Editor: Sheshanath Bhosale
Received: 24 February 2016 / Revised: 14 March 2016 / Accepted: 16 March 2016 / Published: 22 March 2016
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Well-defined organic nanostructures with controllable size and morphology are increasingly exploited in optoelectronic devices. As promising building blocks, porphyrins have demonstrated great potentials in visible-light photocatalytic applications, because of their electrical, optical and catalytic properties. From this perspective, we have summarized the recent significant advances on the design and photocatalytic applications of porphyrin-based nanostructures. The rational strategies, such as texture or crystal modification and interfacial heterostructuring, are described. The applications of the porphyrin-based nanostructures in photocatalytic pollutant degradation and hydrogen evolution are presented. Finally, the ongoing challenges and opportunities for the future development of porphyrin nanostructures in high-quality nanodevices are also proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: porphyrin; self-assembly; nanocrystal; nano-heterojunction; photocatalysis; solar energy conversion efficiency porphyrin; self-assembly; nanocrystal; nano-heterojunction; photocatalysis; solar energy conversion efficiency

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Chen, Y.; Li, A.; Huang, Z.-H.; Wang, L.-N.; Kang, F. Porphyrin-Based Nanostructures for Photocatalytic Applications. Nanomaterials 2016, 6, 51.

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