The Development of Functional Mesocrystals for Energy Harvesting, Storage, and Conversion
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Higher-ordered semiconductors have attracted extensive research interest as an adopted engineering for active solar energy harvesting, storage, and conversion. It is well-known that the effective separation and anisotropic migration of photogenerated charges are the basic driven force required for superior efficiency. However, the morphology and stoichiometric variation of these semiconductors play essential roles in their physicochemical properties of bulk and surface, especially for efficient interparticle or interfacial charge transfer. To this point, the strategy of controlling the topotactic transformation toward superstructures with optimized functionality is preferable for a wide range of optoelectronic and catalytic engineering applications. In this Minireview, we provide an overview of the crystal orientation, synthetic engineering, functional applications, and spatial and temporal charge dynamics in TiO2 mesocrystals and others. The viewpoint of in-depth understanding of the structure-related kinetics would offer an opportunity for design of versatile mesocrystal semiconductors sought-after for potential applications.
- Chemistry - A European Journal
Chemistry - A European Journal 24(24), 6295-6307, 2018-04-25