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Review of roles for photonic crystals in solar fuels photocatalysis
Author(s): Jeremy J. Pietron; Paul A. DeSario

Paper Abstract

We cover the intersection of nanophotonics, materials such as photonic crystals (PC), but also irregular templated light scattering interfaces, with their application to solar fuels photocatalysis. We describe the fundamental principles of adapting nanophotonics to photocatalysis, particularly slow photon effects and how appropriate choice of stop band and edge position of the PC can be exploited for light harvesting. We also review several representative examples of nanophotonic design applied to photocatalytic semiconductor materials. We include the most heavily investigated photocatalytic materials (such as TiO2), as well as inherently visible light active semiconductors, and materials sensitized with semiconductor nanocrystals or plasmonic metal nanoparticles. Finally, we review alternative scattering interfaces useful for improving the performance of solar fuels photocatalysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2016
PDF: 12 pages
J. Photon. Energy 7(1) 012007 doi: 10.1117/1.JPE.7.012007
Published in: Journal of Photonics for Energy Volume 7, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Jeremy J. Pietron, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Paul A. DeSario, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory (United States)

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