Production of hydrogen peroxide by photocatalytic processes

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Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has received increasing attention because it is not only a mild and environmentally friendly oxidant for organic synthesis and environmental remediation but also a promising new liquid fuel. The production of H2O2 by photocatalysis is a sustainable process, since it uses water and oxygen as the source materials and solar light as the energy. Encouraging processes have been developed in the last decade for the photocatalytic production of H2O2. In this Review we summarize research progress in the development of processes for the photocatalytic production of H2O2. After a brief introduction emphasizing the superiorities of the photocatalytic generation of H2O2, the basic principles of establishing an efficient photocatalytic system for generating H2O2 are discussed, highlighting the advanced photocatalysts used. This Review is concluded by a brief summary and outlook for future advances in this emerging research field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17356-17376
Number of pages21
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2020


  • carbon nitride
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • photocatalysis
  • titanium dioxide

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