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Solar fuel production, the process whereby an energy-rich substance is produced using electrons provided by water under exposure to sunlight, requires the cooperative accumulation of multiple numbers of photons. Identifying the optimum reagents is a difficult challenge, even without imposing the restriction that these same materials must function as both sensitiser and catalyst. The blockade caused by an inadequate supply of photons at the catalytic sites might be resolved by making use of an artificial light-harvesting array whose sole purpose is to funnel photons of appropriate frequency to the active catalyst, which can now be a dark reagent. Here we consider several types of artificial photon collectors built from fluorescent modules interconnected via electronic energy transfer. Emphasis is placed on the materials aspects and on establishing the basic operating principles.
Author(s): Harriman A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Chemical Communications
Print publication date: 28/07/2015
Online publication date: 09/06/2015
Acceptance date: 09/06/2015
ISSN (print): 1359-7345
ISSN (electronic): 1364-548X
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
PubMed id: 26086688
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