Advanced Photocatalytic Nanomaterials for Degrading Pollutants and Generating Fuels by Sunlight

  • Dieqing Zhang
  • Guisheng Li
  • Jimmy C. Yu
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


This chapter focuses on the recent development of sunlight-driven heterogeneous photocatalysts with different chemical compositions and nanostructures. Various photocatalytic nanomaterials, including metal oxides, heterojunction nanocomposites, oxynitrides, oxysulfides, and graphitic carbon nitride, are described. Their preparation methods as well as the mechanisms involved are introduced. These materials can be used to degrade pollutants and generate fuels. Photocatalytic evolution of H2 from water and conversion of CO2 to fuels are discussed in detail. The development of advanced photocatalytic technology involving novel nanomaterials may allow the construction of clean and facile systems for solving the global energy and environmental problems.


Methylene Blue Photocatalytic Activity Methyl Orange Water Splitting TiO2 Nanorods 
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We would like to thank supports from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (General Research Fund CUHK404810), the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21007040).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Environmental Science Programme, and Institute of Environment, Energy and SustainabilityThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong, China
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryShanghai Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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