Emerging semiconductors and metal-organic-compounds-related photocatalysts for sustainable hydrogen peroxide production

Yang Ding, Soumyajit Maitra, Somoprova Halder, Chunhua Wang, Runtian Zheng, Tarek Barakat, Subhasis Roy, Li Hua Chen, Bao Lian Su

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As a versatile raw material, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is extensively employed in chemicals synthesis, medical disinfection, textile industry, and environmental remediation fields. H2O2 generation through a photocatalytic route has attracted increasing interest. Tremendous progress and achievements have been made over the past decades in photocatalytic H2O2 production. Herein, we critically review the state-of-the art developments on various photocatalysts, including carbon nitride, titania, bismuth, sulfide, carbon, and metal-organic-compound-related materials, for the highly efficient light-driven H2O2 synthesis. Significantly, these materials show tunable morphology, micro-nanostructure, surface chemistry, and electronic band-gap structure characters for sufficient light harvesting, rapid hole-electron pairs separation and transfer, and favorable reactants adsorption as well as facilitated products desorption, thus delivering great activity for efficient light-driven H2O2 production. The specific challenges and opportunities related to photocatalytic materials discovery and development that will emerge from this important field are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2119-2167
Number of pages49
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022


  • carbon nitride
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • metal-organic materials
  • photocatalysts design
  • titania


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