Upconversion optical nanomaterials applied for photocatalysis and photovoltaics: Recent advances and perspectives

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Upconversion (UC) lanthanide nanomaterials have attracted enormous attention in the last two decades thanks to their unique ability to convert low-energy infrared photons into high-energy photons. In this mini-review, we briefly discussed the recent achievements related to the direct utilization of UC optical nanomaterials for photocatalysis and photovoltaic applications. In particular, selected examples of UC-containing devices/nanocomposites with improved performance were covered. In addition, we outlined some challenges and future trends associated with the widespread usage of UC nanomaterials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-341
JournalFrontiers of Materials Science
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2019


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