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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432971/voids-padding-induced-further-enhancement-in-photocatalytic-performance-of-porous-graphene-like-carbon-nitride
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Guohui Dong, Dong Chen, Jianmin Luo, Yunqing Zhu, Yubin Zeng, Chuanyi Wang
Design of 2-Dimensional nanostructured photocatalyst is an effective way to improve the photocatalytic activity of its bulk counterpart. However, the remaining (or newborn) drawbacks, such as enlarged band gap and the surface recombination of photogenerated charge carries, extremely limited the practical application of nanosheeted photocatalysts in solar energy conversion. In this study, we demonstrated that the voids padding with NH4Cl can eliminate part of quantum size effect to reduce the band gap of nanosheeted carbon nitride...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430278/enhanced-enzymatic-reactions-by-solar-to-thermal-conversion-nanoparticles
#2
Xiaoling Wu, Gang Ou, Cheng Yang, Jun Ge, Hui Wu
In this study, we show that enzymatic reactions can be easily enhanced by visible light irradiation. It is a general method as demonstrated by several different types of enzymes, including amylase, cellulase and lipase, which are typically utilized in many industrial biocatalysis processes. Markedly different from conventional titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles which absorb UV light and generate little thermal energy, defect-rich Magnéli phase titanium oxide (Ti8O15) nanoparticles absorb solar light and provide a highly effective solar-to-thermal conversion, which greatly enhances enzymatic reactions...
April 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429933/remarkably-enhancing-green-excitation-efficiency-for-solar-energy-utilization-red-phosphors-ba2zns3-eu-2-x-co-doped-halide-ions-x-cl-br-i
#3
Tingting Luo, Yun Du, Zhongxian Qiu, Yanmei Li, Xiaofang Wang, Wenli Zhou, Jilin Zhang, Liping Yu, Shixun Lian
Eu(2+)-activated Ba2ZnS3 has been reported as a red phosphor with a broad emission band peaking at 650 nm under blue excitation for white-LED. In this study, Ba2ZnS3:Eu(2+), X(-) (X = F, Cl, Br, I) phosphors doped with halide ions were prepared by traditional high-temperature solid-state reaction. Phase identification of powders was performed by X-ray powder diffraction analysis, confirming the existence of single-phase Ba2ZnS3 crystals without dopant. The corresponding excitation spectra showed an additional broad band in the green region peaking at 550 nm when the phosphor was halogenated except by the smallest F(-)...
April 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429410/photoelectroreduction-toward-chemical-building-blocks
#4
Fengjiao Chen, Wei Cui, Jie Zhang, Yeyun Wang, Junhua Zhou, Yongpan Hu, Yanguang Li, Shuit-Tong Lee
Conventional photoelectrochemical cells utilize solar energy to drive the chemical conversion of water or CO2 into useful chemical fuels. Such processes are confronted with general challenges, including the low intrinsic activities and inconvenient storage and transportation of their gaseous products. A photoelectrochemical approach is proposed to drive the reductive production of industrial building-block chemicals and demonstrate that succinic acid and glyoxylic acid can be readily synthesized on Si nanowire array photocathodes free of any cocatalyst and at room temperature...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426035/hierarchical-bioi-nanostructures-supported-on-a-metal-organic-framework-as-efficient-photocatalysts-for-degradation-of-organic-pollutants-in-water
#5
M Jahurul Islam, Hyun Kook Kim, D Amaranatha Reddy, Yujin Kim, Rory Ma, Heehyun Baek, Joonghan Kim, Tae Kyu Kim
Semiconductor-based photocatalysis is a green method for the removal of toxic organic pollutants by decomposition into harmless products. However, traditional single-component semiconductors are unable to reach high degradation efficiencies due to excessive photo charge carrier recombination. The use of hybrid nanocomposite photocatalysts is a promising strategy for overcoming this problem by reducing recombination as well as ensuring that large amounts of solar energy are harvested. Herein, a novel visible-light-active hybrid nanocomposite, BiOI/MIL-88B(Fe), was successfully synthesized through a simple precipitation method...
April 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425488/an-analytic-approach-for-optimal-geometrical-design-of-gaas-nanowires-for-maximal-light-harvesting-in-photovoltaic-cells
#6
Dan Wu, Xiaohong Tang, Kai Wang, Xianqiang Li
Semiconductor nanowires(NWs) with subwavelength scale diameters have demonstrated superior light trapping features, which unravel a new pathway for low cost and high efficiency future generation solar cells. Unlike other published work, a fully analytic design is for the first time proposed for optimal geometrical parameters of vertically-aligned GaAs NW arrays for maximal energy harvesting. Using photocurrent density as the light absorbing evaluation standard, 2 μm length NW arrays whose multiple diameters and periodicity are quantitatively identified achieving the maximal value of 29...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425293/cosensitized-porphyrin-system-for-high-performance-solar-cells-with-tof-sims-analysis
#7
Wenjun Wu, Huaide Xiang, Wei Fan, Jinglin Wang, Haifeng Wang, Xin Hua, Zhaohui Wang, Yi-Tao Long, He Tian, Wei-Hong Zhu
Up to date, development of organic sensitizers has been predominately focused on light harvesting, HOMO and LUMO energy levels, and electron transferring process. In contrast, their adsorption mode as well as dynamic loading behaviour onto nanoporous TiO2 is rarely considered. Herein we have employed the time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to take insight into the competitive dye adsorption mode and kinetics in cosensitized porphyrin system. Using the novel porphyrin dye FW-1 and D-A-π-A featured dye WS-5, the different bond-breaking mode in TOF-SIMS and dynamic dye-loading amount during the coadsorption process are well compared with two different anchoring groups such as benzoic acid and cyanoacrylic acid...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423271/vertically-aligned-graphene-sheets-membrane-for-highly-efficient-solar-thermal-generation-of-clean-water
#8
Liangti Qu, Panpan Zhang, Jing Li, Lingxiao Lv, Yang Zhao
Efficient utilization of solar energy for clean water is an attractive, renewable and environment-friendly way to solve the long-standing water crisis. For this task, we prepared the long-range vertically aligned graphene sheets membrane (VA-GSM) as the highly efficient solar thermal converter for generation of clean water. The VA-GSM was prepared by the antifreeze-assisted freezing technique we developed, which possessed the run-through channels facilitating the water transport, high light absorption capacity for excellent photothermal transduction, and the extraordinary stability in rigorous conditions...
April 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422510/halide-perovskites-for-tandem-solar-cells
#9
Jin-Wook Lee, Yao-Tsung Hsieh, Nicholas De Marco, Sang-Hoon Bae, Qifeng Han, Yang Yang
Perovskite solar cells have become one of the strongest candidates for the next-generation solar energy technologies. A myriad of beneficial optoelectronic properties of the perovskite materials have enabled superb power conversion efficiencies (PCE) exceeding 22% for a single junction device. The high PCE achievable via low processing costs and relatively high variability in optical properties have opened new possibilities for perovskites in tandem solar cells. In this perspective, we will discuss current research trends in fabricating tandem perovskite-based solar cells in combination with a variety of mature photovoltaic devices such as organic, silicon, and Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) solar cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422433/rigid-non-fullerene-acceptors-based-on-triptycene-perylene-dye-for-organic-solar-cells
#10
Dong Meng, Huiting Fu, Bingbing Fan, Jianqi Zhang, Yan Li, Yanming Sun, Zhaohui Wang
Three kinds of non-conjugated rigid perylene bisimide (PBI) derivatives based on a triptycene core were designed, synthesized and characterized. The unique three-dimensional (3D) conformation of triptycene could enable formation of polymer with the favorable morphology for organic polymer solar cells (PSCs) by relieving the self-aggregation of rigid PBI units. The low-lying LUMO energy levels of these compounds demonstrated that they are very suitable for using as acceptors in organic solar cells. A higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6...
April 19, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422182/carbon-nanotube-metal-sulfide-composite-flexible-electrodes-for-high-performance-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells-and-supercapacitors
#11
Chandu V V Muralee Gopi, Seenu Ravi, S Srinivasa Rao, Araveeti Eswar Reddy, Hee-Je Kim
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) and metal sulfides have attracted considerable attention owing to their outstanding properties and multiple application areas, such as electrochemical energy conversion and energy storage. Here we describes a cost-effective and facile solution approach to the preparation of metal sulfides (PbS, CuS, CoS, and NiS) grown directly on CNTs, such as CNT/PbS, CNT/CuS, CNT/CoS, and CNT/NiS flexible electrodes for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) and supercapacitors (SCs). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy confirmed that the CNT network was covered with high-purity metal sulfide compounds...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421765/singlet-fission-in-weakly-interacting-acene-molecules
#12
Sharareh Izadnia, David Schönleber, Alexander Eisfeld, Alex Ruf, Aaron C LaForge, Frank Stienkemeier
The energy conversion in solar cells has conventionally been limited by the Shockley-Queisser limit. Singlet fission (SF), a decay mechanism where a single excited singlet state is converted into two triplet states, can drastically improve this efficiency. For the most part, observation of SF has been limited to crystalline structures in solids and films, where strong ordering was present. Here, we report on singlet fission in a disordered system where organic chromophores are distributed on the surface of a rare gas cluster...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419325/dissecting-molecular-and-physiological-response-mechanisms-to-high-solar-radiation-in-cyanic-and-acyanic-leaves-a-case-study-on-red-and-green-basil
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Massimiliano Tattini, Federico Sebastiani, Cecilia Brunetti, Alessio Fini, Sara Torre, Antonella Gori, Mauro Centritto, Francesco Ferrini, Marco Landi, Lucia Guidi
Photosynthetic performance and the expression of genes involved in light signaling and the biosynthesis of isoprenoids and phenylpropanoids were analysed in green ('Tigullio', TIG) and red ('Red Rubin', RR) basil. The aim was to detect the physiological and molecular response mechanisms to high sunlight. The attenuation of blue-green light by epidermal anthocyanins was shown to evoke shade-avoidance responses with consequential effects on leaf morpho-anatomical traits and gas exchange performance. Red basil had a lower mesophyll conductance, partially compensated by the less effective control of stomatal movements, in comparison with TIG...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416967/rescuing-ethanol-photosynthetic-production-of-cyanobacteria-in-non-sterilized-outdoor-cultivations-with-a-bicarbonate-based-ph-rising-strategy
#14
Zhi Zhu, Guodong Luan, Xiaoming Tan, Haocui Zhang, Xuefeng Lu
BACKGROUND: Ethanol photosynthetic production based on cyanobacteria cell factories utilizing CO2 and solar energy provides an attractive solution for sustainable production of green fuels. However, the scaling up processes of cyanobacteria cell factories were usually threatened or even devastated by biocontaminations, which restricted biomass or products accumulations of cyanobacteria cells. Thus it is of great significance to develop reliable biocontamination-controlling strategies for promoting ethanol photosynthetic production in large scales...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416727/remotely-distinguishing-and-mapping-endogenic-water-on-the-moon
#15
Rachel L Klima, Noah E Petro
Water and/or hydroxyl detected remotely on the lunar surface originates from several sources: (i) comets and other exogenous debris; (ii) solar-wind implantation; (iii) the lunar interior. While each of these sources is interesting in its own right, distinguishing among them is critical for testing hypotheses for the origin and evolution of the Moon and our Solar System. Existing spacecraft observations are not of high enough spectral resolution to uniquely characterize the bonding energies of the hydroxyl molecules that have been detected...
May 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413570/role-of-adsorbed-water-on-charge-carrier-dynamics-in-photoexcited-tio2
#16
Anton Litke, Yaqiong Su, Ionut Tranca, Thomas Weber, Emiel J M Hensen, Jan P Hofmann
Overall photocatalytic water splitting is one of the most sought after processes for sustainable solar-to-chemical energy conversion. The efficiency of this process strongly depends on charge carrier recombination and interaction with surface adsorbates at different time scales. Here, we investigated how hydration of TiO2 P25 affects dynamics of photogenerated electrons at the millisecond to minute time scale characteristic for chemical reactions. We used rapid scan diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412623/the-urban-heat-island-effect-its-causes-and-mitigation-with-reference-to-the-thermal-properties-of-asphalt-concrete
#17
REVIEW
Abbas Mohajerani, Jason Bakaric, Tristan Jeffrey-Bailey
The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is a phenomenon that affects many millions of people worldwide. The higher temperatures experienced in urban areas compared to the surrounding countryside has enormous consequences for the health and wellbeing of people living in cities. The increased use of manmade materials and increased anthropogenic heat production are the main causes of the UHI. This has led to the understanding that increased urbanisation is the primary cause of the urban heat island. The UHI effect also leads to increased energy needs that further contribute to the heating of our urban landscape, and the associated environmental and public health consequences...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409887/a-blue-diketopyrrolopyrrole-sensitizer-with-high-efficiency-in-nio-based-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#18
Fabrice Odobel, Yoann Farre, Mahfoudh Raissi, Arnaud Fihey, Yann Pellegrin, Errol Blart, Denis Jacquemin
We have prepared a series of four new diketopyrrolopyrroles (DPPs) based sensitizers that exhibit high molar extinction coefficients, extended absorption into the long wavelengths and well suited photoredox properties to act as sensitizers in p-DSSCs. These new DPP dyes, composed of a thienyl DPP core, are substituted on one end either by a thiophene carboxylic (Th) or a 4,4'-((phenyl)aza)dibenzoic acid as anchoring group and, on the other extremity, either by a proton or a naphthalene diimide (NDI) moiety...
April 14, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405959/subsidies-to-increase-remote-pollution
#19
Jana Kliestikova, Anna Krizanova, Tatiana Corejova, Pavol Kral, Erika Spuchlakova
During the last decade, Central Europe became a cynosure for the world for its unparalleled public support for renewable energy. For instance, the production of electricity from purpose-grown biomass received approximately twice the amount in subsidies as that produced from biowaste. Moreover, the guaranteed purchase price of electricity from solar panels was set approximately five times higher than that from conventional sources. This controversial environmental donation policy led to the devastation of large areas of arable land, a worsening of food availability, unprecedented market distortions, and serious threats to national budgets, among other things...
April 12, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405664/plasma-assisted-deposition-of-single-and-multistacked-tio2-hierarchical-nanotube-photoanodes
#20
A Nicolas Filippin, Juan R Sanchez-Valencia, Jesús Idígoras, T Cristina Rojas, Angel Barranco, Juan A Anta, Ana Borras
We present herein an evolved methodology for the growth of nanocrystalline hierarchical nanotubes combining physical vapor deposition of organic nanowires (ONWs) and plasma enhanced chemical vacuum deposition of anatase TiO2 layers. The ONWs act as vacuum removable 1D and 3D templates, with the whole process occurring at temperatures ranging from RT to 250 °C. As a result, a high density of hierarchical nanotubes with tunable diameter, length and tailored wall microstructures are formed on a variety of processable substrates as metal and metal oxide films or nanoparticles including transparent conductive oxides...
April 13, 2017: Nanoscale
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