Synthesis of a carbon nitride structure for visible-light catalysis by copolymerization

Jinshui Zhang*, Xiufang Chen, Kazuhiro Takanabe, Kazuhiko Maeda, Kazunari Domen, Jan Dirk Epping, Xianzhi Fu, Markus Antonieta, Xinchen Wang

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"Chemical Equation Presented" Just like a melon: Carbon nitride photocatalysts (see formula) structurally akin to poly (aminoimino)heptazine (Liebig's melon) can be prepared by direct copolymerization of dicyandiamide with barbituric acid (BA). The picture shows how increasing the amount of BA in the copolymerization mixture (arrows) extends the optical absorption of the products further into the visible region, as is favorable for solar-energy applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-444
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 8 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon nitride
  • Copolymerization
  • Photochemistry
  • Semiconductors
  • Water chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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