2D conjugated polymers: exploiting topological properties for the rational design of metal-free photocatalysts

Yu Jing, Xinyue Zhu, Sabine Maier, Thomas Heine

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Abstract

Solar-to-hydrogen conversion is one of the most promising avenues to provide emission-free fuels and long-term chemical energy storage. Wide-range application crucially requires high-performance photocatalysts that are environmentally benign and free of precious metals. With high robustness, controllable composition, tunable electronic structure, and high porosity, 2D conjugated polymers (2DCPs) are among the most appealing candidates. We provide rational design principles for 2DCPs that are suitable for water splitting, highlight progress and open challenges in synthesis, and review the recent theory-based investigations on 2DCPs for photocatalysis. The role of theory as an indispensable tool is highlighted, as it promotes the understanding of the inner relationship between geometry, electronic structure, and photocatalytic performance of 2DCPs and, therefore, enables rational design of new photocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-806
Number of pages15
JournalTrends in Chemistry
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work obtained financial support in China by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 21903046 ) and the NSF of Jiangsu Province of China (no. BK20190744 ). CRC 1415 is thanked for continuous support.

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© 2022 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)

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