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Adv Mater. 2013 Jul 26;25(28):3820-39. doi: 10.1002/adma.201301207. Epub 2013 Jul 1.

Graphene-based materials for hydrogen generation from light-driven water splitting.

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National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, 11 Zhongguancun Beiyitiao, Beijng 100190, People's Republic of China.


Hydrogen production from solar water splitting has been considered as an ultimate solution to the energy and environmental issues. Over the past few years, graphene has made great contribution to improving the light-driven hydrogen generation performance. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the recent research progress on graphene-based materials for hydrogen evolution from light-driven water splitting. It begins with a brief introduction of the current status and basic principles of hydrogen generation from solar water splitting, and tailoring properties of graphene for application in this area. Then, the roles of graphene in hydrogen generation reaction, including an electron acceptor and transporter, a cocatalyst, a photocatalyst, and a photosensitizer, are elaborated respectively. After that, the comparison between graphene and other carbon materials in solar water splitting is made. Last, this review is concluded with remarks on some challenges and perspectives in this emerging field.


graphene; hydrogen generation; photocatalysis; photoelectrochemistry; water splitting

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