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Chem Soc Rev. 2013 Oct 21;42(20):8134-56. doi: 10.1039/c3cs60088b.

Carbon nanotube-based heterostructures for solar energy applications.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400, USA. stanislaus.wong@stonybrook.edu sswong@bnl.gov.

Abstract

One means of combining the unique physical and chemical properties of both carbon nanotubes and complementary material motifs (such as metal sulfide quantum dots (QDs), metal oxide nanostructures, and polymers) can be achieved by generating carbon nanotube (CNT)-based heterostructures. These materials can be subsequently utilized as novel and interesting constituent building blocks for the assembly of functional light energy harvesting devices and because of their architectural and functional flexibility, can potentially open up novel means of using and taking advantage of existing renewable energy sources. In this review, we present the reliable and reproducible synthesis of several unique model CNT-based heterostructured systems as well as include an accompanying discussion about the charge transfer and energy flow properties of these materials for their potential incorporation into a range of practical solar energy conversion devices.

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