Photosensitisers for CO2 photoreduction: from metal complexes to rylenes, an overview

Alessandro Sinopoli*, Nathan T. La Porte, Michael R. Wasielewski, Muhammad Sohail

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Photocatalytic systems for CO2 reduction represent one of the most important topics within the field of solar fuels. Over last four decades, a great deal of effort has been dedicated to designing such systems, understanding their mechanisms and optimising their components. Together with the more traditional metal complexes, rylenes have recently attracted attention as potential coupled sensitisers for CO2 photoreduction. This chapter provides an overview on the principles of photocatalysis and CO2 photoreduction, with a particular attention to the role and design of the photosensitiser. In addition, we discuss in depth the few examples of rhenium-rylene complexes reported in the literature that explore the current limits of these systems and which could be winning strategies to integrate rylenes in a chromophore-catalyst assembly for photo- or photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Posthumous Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Volume 2. Ladies in Waiting for the Nobel Prize
EditorsVera V. Mainz, E. Thomas Strom
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9780841233911
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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