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Nanoscale, 2020,12, 23461-23479,

Harnessing photo/electro-catalytic activity via nano-junctions in ternary nanocomposites for clean energy

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Author: Rani, Ekta1; Talebi, Parisa1; Cao, Wei1;
Organizations: 1Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
2School of Materials Science and Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471023, Henan, China
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-01-22


Though solar energy availability is predicted for centuries, the diurnal and asymmetrical nature of the sun across the globe presents significant challenges in terms of harvesting sunlight. Photo/electro-catalysis, currently believed to be the bottleneck, promises a potential solution to these challenges along with a green and sustainable environment. This review aims to provide the current highlights on the application of inorganic-semiconductor-based ternary nanocomposites for H₂ production and pollutant removal. Various engineering strategies employing integration of 2D materials, 1D nanorods, and/or 0D nanoparticles with inorganic semiconductors to create multiple nano-junctions have been developed for the excellent photocatalytic activity. Following a succinct description of the latest progress in photocatalysts, a discussion on the importance of ternary electrocatalysts in the field of next-generation supercapacitors has been included. Finally, the authors’ perspectives are considered briefly, including future developments and critical technical challenges in the ever-growing field of photo/electro-catalysis.

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Series: Nanoscale
ISSN: 2040-3364
ISSN-E: 2040-3372
ISSN-L: 2040-3364
Volume: 12
Issue: 46
Pages: 23461 - 23479
DOI: 10.1039/d0nr05782g
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 114 Physical sciences
Funding: We acknowledge the European Regional Development Funding and the Oulu Council. The academy of Finland grants #311934 is acknowledged.
Copyright information: This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2020. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence.