An Article by SUT Professor in Energy & Environmental Science

A review article authored by Dr. Alireza Moshfegh, Professor at the Department of Physics and the Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Sharif University of Technology, entitled “Two-dimensional Materials in Semiconductor Photoelectrocatalytic Systems for Water Splitting” is accepted for publication in highly accredited journal of Energy & Environmental Science. The journal, publishing 12 issues per year, is dedicated to publishing exceptionally important and high quality research works tackling the key global challenges of ensuring the provision of energy and protecting the environment for the future.

In this article,  three classes of 2D materials including Graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs), and Graphitic Carbon Nitride (g-C3N4), and their main roles in the photoelectrocatalytic production of H2 are discussed. The various roles of these 2D materials, such as enhanced light harvesting, suitable band edge alignment, facilitated charge separation, and stability during the water splitting reaction, in various Semiconductor/2D structure photoelectrode and photocatalytic systems and the roles of emerging 2D nanomaterials, such as 2D metal oxyhalides, 2D metal oxides, and layered double hydroxides, in photoelectrochemical (PEC) Hydrogen production via water splitting reaction are the key topics discussed in this review article.

Prof. Moshfegh is the head of Nano, Energy, Surfaces and, Thin films (NEST) group in Sharif University of Technology with its research emphasis on Solar Energy conversion and applications of efficient nanostructured materials. His current research interests focus on the synthesis, characterization and application of nanostructures and post-graphene low-dimensional materials in particular novel 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) for clean energy production and environmental remediation.

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