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Nanoscale. 2013 Jan 7;5(1):262-8. doi: 10.1039/c2nr31718d. Epub 2012 Nov 16.

Graphene oxide as a promising photocatalyst for CO2 to methanol conversion.

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  • 1Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan.


Photocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) to hydrocarbons such as methanol makes possible simultaneous solar energy harvesting and CO(2) reduction, two birds with one stone for the energy and environmental issues. This work describes a high photocatalytic conversion of CO(2) to methanol using graphene oxides (GOs) as a promising photocatalyst. The modified Hummer's method has been applied to synthesize the GO based photocatalyst for the enhanced catalytic activity. The photocatalytic CO(2) to methanol conversion rate on modified graphene oxide (GO-3) is 0.172 ╬╝mol g cat(-1) h(-1) under visible light, which is six-fold higher than the pure TiO(2).

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