By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Data detailed on Oxides have been presented. According to news reporting originating from Perth, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Hydrocarbon fuels are the most important sources of energy in modern society because of their natural abundance, stability, and high energy density. However, the emissions of carbon dioxide from them and the associated global warming effect impose worldwide pressure on the use of sustainable solar energy and carbon dioxide transformation and sequestration."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Curtin University, "Photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to fuels using semiconductors is proposed as an effective solution. More recently, nanocarbons, such as carbon nanotube, graphene oxide, and graphene, possessing high thermal conductivity, high theoretical specific surface area, unique carrier mobility, low-dimensional structure, and sp(2)-hybridized carbon configuration, have shown promotion to photocatalysis. It has been proven that nanocarbon/semiconductor hybrids can be a competitive material compared to traditional Metal oxides for CO2 reduction. This review summarizes the recent research advances in the synthesis of nanocarbon hybrid, photocatalysts and their applications in photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to hydrocarbons. The roles of nanocarbons in extending light absorption, increasing separation of carriers, band gap engineering, and preferred CO2 adsorption in manipulating activity/selectivity are discussed."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The studies in this topic will facilitate the design of advanced. functional materials for energy innovation via solar energy use."
For more information on this research see: Research Advances in the Synthesis of Nanocarbon-Based Photocatalysts and Their Applications for Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbon Fuels. Energy & Fuels, 2014;28(1):22-36. Energy & Fuels can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; Energy & Fuels - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/enfuem)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H.Q. Sun, Curtin University, Dept. of Chem Engn, Perth, WA 6845, Australia (see also Oxides).
Keywords for this news article include: Perth, Chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Photocatalyst, Carbon Dioxide, Nanotechnology, Photocatalytic, Organic Chemicals, Emerging Technologies, Australia and New Zealand, Inorganic Carbon Compounds
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