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A hybrid solution

Photocatalytic water splitting is a route to clean H2, but approaches based on hybrid semiconductor–metal nanoparticles often rely on sacrificial reagents to complete the oxidation half of the overall reaction. New research uses CdS nanocrystals modified with metallic and molecular co-catalysts to simultaneously produce H2 and O2 from water using visible light.

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Fig. 1: Full water splitting using nanorod CdS modified with metallic and molecular cocatalyst.


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Banin, U., Ben-Shahar, Y. A hybrid solution. Nat Energy 3, 824–825 (2018).

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