Solar Water Splitting Using Semiconductor Photocatalyst Powders

  • Kazuhiro TakanabeEmail author
Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 371)


Solar energy conversion is essential to address the gap between energy production and increasing demand. Large scale energy generation from solar energy can only be achieved through equally large scale collection of the solar spectrum. Overall water splitting using heterogeneous photocatalysts with a single semiconductor enables the direct generation of H2 from photoreactors and is one of the most economical technologies for large-scale production of solar fuels. Efficient photocatalyst materials are essential to make this process feasible for future technologies. To achieve efficient photocatalysis for overall water splitting, all of the parameters involved at different time scales should be improved because the overall efficiency is obtained by the multiplication of all these fundamental efficiencies. Accumulation of knowledge ranging from solid-state physics to electrochemistry and a multidisciplinary approach to conduct various measurements are inevitable to be able to understand photocatalysis fully and to improve its efficiency.


Electrocatalysis Hydrogen Overall water splitting Photocatalysis Semiconductor 



This study presented in this chapter was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The author thanks Dr. A. Ziani, Mr. A.T. Garcia-Esparza, Mrs. E. Nurlaela, and Mr. T. Shinagawa at KAUST for proofreading the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)ThuwalSaudi Arabia

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