Imaging Science and Photochemistry ›› 2015, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (5): 358-373.DOI: 10.7517/j.issn.1674-0475.2015.05.358

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Homogeneous Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 under Visible Light Irradiation: Recent Developments and Future Challenges

CHEN Jinping, DU Xinfeng, YU Tianjun, ZENG Yi, ZHANG Xiaohui, LI Yi   

  1. Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, P. R. China
  • Received:2015-06-09 Revised:2015-06-25 Online:2015-09-16 Published:2015-09-16


The research field of the solar-driven reduction of carbon dioxide to fuels or fine chemicals has grown rapidly in the past few decades. It is still a great challenge to develop efficient photocatalytic systems for CO2 conversion. Photochemical CO2 reduction in homogeneous solution plays an important role in the mechanism investigation, catalyst development and parameter optimization. This review will present much of the significant work that has been done in the field of homogeneous photocatalytic reduction of CO2 over the recent five years. The challenges and prospects for further development of homogeneous system are presented.

Key words: homogeneous, photocatalysis, CO2 reduction, metal complexes