Sustainable hydrogen and chemical production via photo-electrochemical reforming of biomass-derived alcohols

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Journal titleNano Research
Physical description22 p.
SubjectHydrogen; photo-electrochemical reforming; biomass-derived alcohols; alcohol oxidation
AbstractHydrogen production from steam or autothermal alcohol reforming has been widely studied, but these methods require high temperatures and emit CO2. Here, we present a new strategy for the simultaneous room-temperature production of hydrogen and other chemicals without the emission of CO2, via the photoelectrochemical reforming of biomass-derived alcohols. The measured hydrogen quantum efficiencies reach around 80% across the entire visible solar spectrum from 450 to 850 nm, achieving an ultrahigh hydrogen production rate of 7.91 μmol/(min·cm2) under AM 1.5G illumination.
AffiliationIndustry Partnership Facility; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number23000767
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