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Solar- versus Thermal-Driven Catalysis for Energy Conversion

Zhao, Y; Gao, W; Li, S; Williams, G; Hanif Mahadi, A; Ma, D; (2019) Solar- versus Thermal-Driven Catalysis for Energy Conversion. Joule , 3 (4) pp. 920-937. 10.1016/j.joule.2019.03.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Today’s chemical industry is a pillar of our modern society, but it heavily relies on the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels. The reaction conditions required to drive most of the chemical processes require high energy input, resulting in the consumption of significant amounts of dwindling reserves of fossil fuels. Therefore, more sustainable pathways are much sought after to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and ameliorate the effects of climate change. Inspired by photosynthesis and its ability to convert CO2 and H2O to hydrocarbons, this Perspective focuses on recent advances in catalytic small-molecule activation and conversion. It will consider reactions of C-H (CH4, benzene), C=O (CO and CO2), N≡N bonds, and other fine chemicals syntheses (e.g., C-C and S-S bond coupling), driven by either solar or thermal energy. The paper also discusses the future opportunities and challenges by highlighting some strategies for the development of efficient solar or thermal catalysis processes.

Type: Article
Title: Solar- versus Thermal-Driven Catalysis for Energy Conversion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2019.03.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2019.03.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Pharmaceutics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071275
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