Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2013, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (09): 1865-1876.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201306173

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Chemical Synthesis and Applications of Graphitic Carbon Nitride

ZHANG Jin-Shui, WANG Bo, WANG Xin-Chen   

  1. Research Institute of Photocatalysis, College of Chemistry and Chemial Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002, P. R. China
  • Received:2013-05-15 Revised:2013-06-17 Published:2013-08-28
  • Contact: WANG Xin-Chen
  • Supported by:

    The project was supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (973) (2013CB632405) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (21033003, 21173043, J1103303).


Recently, polymeric semiconductor graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has been widely used in fields related to energy and material science, because of its unique electronic structure and excellent chemical inertness. For example, it can function as a metal-free catalyst or as a catalyst support for organic synthesis, photocatalytic water splitting, oxygen reduction reactions, and loading of Au, Pd, Ag, and Pt nanoparticles. In addition, it can also serve as a porous covalent organic framework for the absorption of H2 and CO2 gases, or as a hard template for the generation of metal (oxy)nitrides. In this review, some recent advances in g-C3N4 synthesis and applications are presented. The prospects for the development of g-C3N4 in energy-and environment-related fields are also discussed.

Key words: Graphitic carbon nitride, Polymeric semiconductor, Material preparation, Application research