Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2015, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (4): 612-626.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201502041

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Progress in Visible-Light Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production by Dye Sensitization

LIU Xing1,2, LI Yue-Xiang1, PENG Shao-Qin1, LAI Hua2   

  1. 1 Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, P. R. China;
    2 Department of Chemistry and Material Science, Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang 421008, Hunan Province, P. R. China
  • Received:2014-12-15 Revised:2015-02-02 Published:2015-04-03
  • Contact: LI Yue-Xiang
  • Supported by:

    The project was supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (21163012), National Key Basic Research Program of China (973) (2009CB220003), Scientific Research Foundation of Hengyang Normal University, China (14B24), and Project of Science and Technology Bureau of Hengyang City, China (2014KJ18).


Dye sensitization is an important strategy for broadening the excitation wavelength range of wideband- gap photocatalysts to use visible light from the sun. In this paper, the primary principle of dye-sensitized water splitting for hydrogen production was introduced, and the research progress in dye sensitizers, sensitized matrixes or supporters, the interaction between dyes and matrixes, co-catalysts for hydrogen evolution, and sacrificial electron donors were all reviewed. Moreover, the pathways of charge transmission and stability issues in dye-sensitized systems were discussed.

Key words: Photocatalytic hydrogen production, Dye sensitization, Sensitizer, Sensitized matrix, Stability


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