Artificial Inorganic Leafs for Efficient Photochemical Hydrogen Production Inspired by Natural Photosynthesis
Han Zhou 1, Xufan Li 1, Tongxiang Fan 1 *, Frank E. Osterloh 2, Jian Ding 1, Erwin M. Sabio 2, Di Zhang 1 *, Qixin Guo 3
1State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites Shanghai Jiaotong University Shanghai 200240 (China)
2Department of Chemistry University of California Davis, 1 Shields Ave, Davis, California 95616 (USA)
3Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Saga University Saga 840-8502 (Japan)
Submitted 18th June 2009 revised 21 June 2009
Artificial leaf • Hierarchical structures • Light harvesting • Photocatalytic hydrogen production • Photosynthesis
Turns out that nature has a way of evolving very efficient and complex processes into simple configurations. By copying nature this team hopes to be able to use light to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.