Photocatalysis: Definitions and Classifications

  • H. Hennig
  • R. Billing
  • H. Knoll
Part of the Catalysis by Metal Complexes book series (CMCO, volume 14)


The photosynthesis of the green plants may be regarded as the greatest chemical factory on the earth. More than 2·1014 tons of organic material are produced every year by consuming of more than 2·1018 kJ of photonic energy. That means, more raw material is produced in this way than it is achieved by any human activities like mining or large-scale chemical industry. On the other hand, the classical photographic process based on light-sensitive silver halides may be considered as an impressive example in using photons in artificial manner. Since Schulze’s detection of the light-sensitivity of silver compounds more than 250 years ago, it was a fascinating way to the Daguerreotypes and finally to todays color photography. Both, the photosynthesis and the silver halide photography have unambiguously to do with the topics of this chapter: Both are kept going or initiated by light and they are catalytic with respect to chemical substrate conversions.


Quantum Yield Active Species Transition Metal Complex Photocatalytic Reaction Organometallic Compound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Hennig
    • 1
  • R. Billing
    • 1
  • H. Knoll
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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