Water splitting and photocatalysis themed issue

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Read a collection of articles featuring the most recent and dynamic work from top researchers working in water splitting and photocatalysis, recently published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

Upwards trends in population growth and natural resource consumption require a more sustainable approach to the production and processing of energy, water, food, and chemicals. In theory, most aspects of human society can be powered by the sunlight received on the surface of Earth; what is missing is a cheap and reliable technology to harness this abundant energy and convert it into fuels.

This themed issue, guest edited by Thomas E. Mallouk (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Shannon W. Boettcher (University of Oregon, USA), and Journal of Materials Chemistry A Associate Editor Frank E. Osterloh (University of California, Davis, USA), puts a spotlight on recent scientific developments in the area of solar-powered fuel generation, water and air purification, and chemicals processing, and highlights remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this important research area.

Article selection:

Themed issue on water splitting and photocatalysis
Shannon W. Boettcher, Thomas E. Mallouk and Frank E. Osterloh.
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2764-2765  DOI: 10.1039/C6TA90014C

Artificial photosynthesis using metal/nonmetal-nitride semiconductors: current status, prospects, and challenges
M. G. Kibria and Z. Mi
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2801-2820 DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07364B

Tantalum (oxy)nitride based photoanodes for solar-driven water oxidation
Chao Zhen, Runze Chen, Lianzhou Wang, Gang Liu and Hui-Ming Cheng
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2783-2800 DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07057K

A simplified theoretical guideline for overall water splitting using photocatalyst particles
Angel T. Garcia-Esparza and Kazuhiro Takanabe
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2894-2908  DOI: 10.1039/C5TA06983A

Utilizing modeling, experiments, and statistics for the analysis of water-splitting photoelectrodes
Yannick K. Gaudy and Sophia Haussener
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 3100-3114 DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07328F

Charge transfer processes at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface for solar fuel production: insight from impedance spectroscopy
Luca Bertoluzzi, Pilar Lopez-Varo, Juan Antonio Jiménez Tejada and Juan Bisquert
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2873-2879  DOI: 10.1039/C5TA03210E

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