Functionalization of chemically derived graphene for solar energy conversion

Lutfi Kurnianditia Putri, Wee-Jun Ong, Lling-Lling Tan, Yi-Hao Chew, Siang-Piao Chai

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    As the global energy consumption escalates at an alarming rate, the development of clean and renewable energy conversion technologies has become more critical. Solar energy is considered the ideal alternative, since it is the most readily available and richest renewable source of energy. Over the past few years, graphene, a two-dimensional (2D) single atomic carbon sheet, has greatly contributed to many advances in solar energy conversion. However, the use of pure graphene alone is limited to the type of functions it can provide, not to mention the challenges that come with its processability. Therefore, the functionalization of graphene is essential for the development of solar specialized graphene-based materials. This is achieved by typically integrating graphene into a photoactive material (e.g., semiconductors, organics, and metals) or, less commonly, by the self-functionalization of graphene to render it photoactive. Overall, this chapter describes the versatility of functionalization to fabricate sophisticated graphene materials for solar energy conversion in three application categories - photovoltaic, photochemical, and photoelectrochemical.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChemically Derived Graphene
    Subtitle of host publicationFunctionalization, Properties and Applications
    EditorsJintao Zhang
    Place of PublicationCroydon UK
    PublisherThe Royal Society of Chemistry
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Electronic)9781782624585, 9781782629320, 9781788012829, 9781788014397
    ISBN (Print)9781788010801
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
    ISSN (Print)1757-7136
    ISSN (Electronic)1757-7144

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