Elemental Boron for Efficient Carbon Dioxide Reduction under Light Irradiation


G. Liu, X. Meng, H. Zhang, G. Zhao, H. Pang, T. Wang, P. Li, T. Kako, J. Ye

This article points to the positive influence of photothermic effect in the efficiency of catalytic systems. Elemental boron was proved an efficient catalyst for direct CO2 reduction into CO and CH4 in the presence of water under light irradiation through a one-step photo-thermocatalytic process. The showed that elemental boron material harvests the incident light, converts it into thermal energy, generates hydrogen, and catalyzes the overall process. This is a collaborative research between two universities in Japan and two in China, headed by Professor Ye. Full article in DOI: 10.1002/anie.201701370

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56 (2017)1 – 6
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