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2021 ◽  
Vol 10 (1) ◽  
Ying Zhang

EditorialHe pioneered a new family of nanoscopic probes that can up-convert infrared photons into intense visible light, and won the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research in 2015. He created new kinds of microscopes that allow us to watch molecules at work inside living cells, and won the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year 2017. The Australian newspaper identified him among 100 “rock stars of Australia’s new economy” as the Knowledge Nation 100. This year, at his age of 42, he won the Australian Laureate Fellowship and was elected to the fellowship of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. This is Dayong Jin, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and a Chair Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology, as well as the editorial manager in Sydney office and the perspective column editor of Light: Science & Applications (LSA). Light People is a featured column of high-end interviews with outstanding scientists. On this issue, it is our great honor to invite Professor Dayong Jin to provide his perspectives on his work, end-user driven research, student mentoring and team building philosophy. In the following, let’s take a closer look at the research life of Professor Dayong Jin, and appreciate his style and the story behind his success.

Qing‐Wen Gui ◽  
Fan Teng ◽  
Hao Yang ◽  
Changping Xun ◽  
Wen‐Jie Huang ◽  

2021 ◽  
Ruihao Gong ◽  
Dariusz Mitoraj ◽  
Dandan Gao ◽  
Manuel Mundszinger ◽  
Dieter Sorsche ◽  

Due to their availability, low cost, non-toxicity and tunability, polymeric carbon nitrides (CNx) represent one of the most attractive materials classes for the development of fully sustainable photo(electro)catalytic systems for solar-driven water splitting. However, the development of CNx-based photoanodes for visible light-driven water oxidation to dioxygen is rather challenging, particularly due to issues related to photoelectrode stability and effective coupling of the light absorber with water oxidation catalysts. Herein, a triadic photoanode comprising a porous TiO2 electron collector scaffold sensitized by CNx coupled to a molecular cobalt polyoxometalate (CoPOM = [Co4(H2O)2(PW9O34)2]10─) catalyst is reported. Complete water oxidation to dioxygen under visible (λ > 420 nm) light irradiation is demonstrated, with photocurrents down to relatively low bias potentials (0.2 V vs. RHE). Furthermore, polyethyleneimine (PEI), a cationic polymer is shown to act as an effective and non-sacrificial electrostatic linker for immobilization of the anionic CoPOM onto the negatively charged surface of CNx. The optimized deposition of CoPOM using the PEI linker translates directly into improved efficiency of the transfer of photogenerated holes to water molecules and to enhanced oxygen evolution. This work thus provides important design rules for effective immobilization of POM-based catalysts into soft-matter photoelectrocatalytic architectures for light-driven water oxidation.

2021 ◽  
Vol 6 (44) ◽  
pp. 12440-12445
Rajendhiran Saritha ◽  
Sesuraj Babiola Annes ◽  
Karuppaiah Perumal ◽  
Anbazhagan Veerappan ◽  
Subburethinam Ramesh

Indranil Chatterjee ◽  
Soumen Ghosh ◽  
Zheng-Wang Qu ◽  
Suman Pradhan ◽  
Avisek Ghosh ◽  

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 (1) ◽  
Lu Wang ◽  
Ya Li ◽  
Pingfang Han

AbstractIn this study, graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) and niobium pentoxide nanofibers (Nb2O5 NFs) heterojunction was prepared by means of a direct electrospinning approach combined with calcination process. The characterizations confirmed a well-defined morphology of the g-C3N4/Nb2O5 heterojunction in which Nb2O5 NFs were tightly attached onto g-C3N4 nanosheets. Compared to pure g-C3N4 and Nb2O5 NFs, the as-prepared g-C3N4/Nb2O5 heterojunction exhibited remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activity for degradation of rhodamine B and phenol under visible light irradiation. The enhanced catalytic activity was attributed predominantly to the synergistic effect between g-C3N4 sheets and Nb2O5 NFs, which promoted the transferring of carriers and prohibited their recombination, confirmed by the measurement of transient photocurrent responses and photoluminescence spectra. In addition, the active species trapping experiments indicated that superoxide radical anion (·O2–) and hole (h+) were the major active species contributing to the photocatalytic process. With its high efficacy and ease of preparation, g-C3N4/Nb2O5 heterojunction has great potentials for applications in treatment of organic pollutants and conversion of solar energy.

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