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This page is the blog of the MFreePEC project (StG 2019) funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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(2020-09-17) Just published in Nature Communications (Nature-Springer): CN photoanode formed from thiourea (and other) precursors, achieving extended optical absorption, hole extraction efficiency, and strong adhesion to the substrate. See [http://doi.org/ 10.1038/s41467-020-18535-0]

(2020-06-19) Just published in Chemistry of Materials (ACS): CN photoanode exhibiting a type-II heterostructure​. See [https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c01856]

(2020-05-28) Our latest review on carbon-related metal-free materials (focusing on the polymeric carbon nitrides (CN) family): the current status and prospects in potential applications is finally online in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A (RSC). See https://doi.org/10.1039/d0ta01973​ #openaccess

(2020-05-26) Published in Sustainable Energy Fuels (RSC), using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to form a seeding layer for CN. A milestone on the way to use large metal-free polymeric electrodes for energy applications, PEC in this demonstration. See https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SE00752H​

(2020-05-14) Just published in Nano Letters (ACS): Excellent electron diffusion length and hole extraction properties of CN photoanode combining two complementary synthetic methods, resulting in ~270 µA cm–2 centimeter photocurrent density vs. RHE at a bias of 1.23 V in an alkaline environment. See https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c01484

(2020-04-16) A first peer-reviewed article published (already online) in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A (RSC) involving ​sequence-encoded properties in final metal-free lightweight materials (allowing, amongst others, achieving high heteroatom-content in carbon and nitrogen-based materials). Seehttps://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA03162C​

(2019-09-05) Happy to announce that the project focusing on metal-free photoelectrochemistry (#MFreePEC) led by Prof. Menny Shalom has been awarded the 2019 starting grant. We will update this page with news regarding the project's progress.  OPEN TO THE WORLD: 51 NATIONALITIES AMONG WINNERS OF 2019 ERC STARTING GRANTS