One catalyst, two fuels

Photocatalytic H2 production using semiconductors is a promising approach to store solar energy as a chemical fuel, but the oxidizing power of the excited holes is often wasted. Now, holes are harnessed in a dehydrocoupling strategy that simultaneously produces H2 and diesel fuel precursors from biomass-derived molecules.

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Fig. 1: Photocatalytic dehydrocoupling of 2,5-DMF on Ru-ZnIn2S4.


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Han, G., Sun, Y. One catalyst, two fuels. Nat Energy 4, 532–533 (2019).

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