10 Solar Fuels Papers of 2015

10 Solar Fuels Papers of 2015

As we build the Knowledge Map, we are continually searching and updating our database. In the course of searching, filtering, and updating we come across papers that are receiving a lot of attention. In the spirit of the new year, we set out to find ten of the most popular solar fuels papers of 2015.

Our initial criteria were simple; the paper must be on a topic related to solar fuels and have a substantial citation number. While this is a logical metric to use, given our emphasis on gauging impact via citation numbers and h-factors. But, is this the best way to measure the reach of a publication?

If you haven’t been to Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science™ lately, then you might not have noticed their Usage sort option. In addition to sorting your results by Citation Number you can also sort by Usage values. Web of Science™ defines “Usage” as the number of times a paper is marked for inclusion in an export file and/or clicked through to the paper on the publishers’ site. Essentially, the Usage values measures the number of views and saves a paper has via Web of Science™.

With this new sort option in mind, we conducted four keyword searches relevant to solar fuels: catalytic hydrogen, catalytic carbon dioxide, artificial photosynthesis, and solar fuels. Limiting the results to 2015 publications and sorting with both Citation Number and Usage, we manually compiled three separate Top 10 lists – top cited papers, top accessed papers, and an over all list.

As one might expect, the list of highly cited papers is different from the list of highly accessed papers. Interestingly, half of the papers in our Top 10 made both the Top 10 Cited papers and the Top 10 Accessed papers. Our ultimate Top 10 list (below) is biased toward those with the highest citation numbers, since that is still the metric of choice for academic publications; however, if you are interested in seeing all three lists check out this Google Sheet!

Other aspects of the list we found interesting were; of the 10 papers in our combined list 6 are multinational collaboration and 7 are review articles.

Do you have a list of papers that you think are the top of 2015? Did we miss some? Comment below with papers you think should be on our 2015 list or send us a link to your top 10!

SOFI Top 10 Solar Fuels paper of 2015:

  1. *Liu, Juan; Liu, Yang; Liu, Naiyun; Han, Yuzhi; Zhang, Xing; Huang, Hui; Lifshitz, Yeshayahu; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Zhong, Jun; Kang, Zhenhui “Metal-free efficient photocatalyst for stable visible water splitting via a two-electron pathway” Science, 2015, 347, 970-974. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa3145
  2. *Bonaccorso, Francesco; Colombo, Luigi; Yu, Guihua; Stoller, Meryl; Tozzini, Valentina; Ferrari, Andrea C.; Ruoff, Rodney S.; Pellegrini, Vittorio “Graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems for energy conversion and storage” Science, 2015, 347, art no. 1246501. DOI: 10.1126/science.1246501
  3. Zhao, Zaiwang; Sun, Yanjuan; Dong, Fan “Graphitic carbon nitride based nanocomposites: a review” Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 15-37. DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03008g
  4. *Li, Xin; Yu, Jiaguo; Low, Jingxiang; Fang, Yueping; Xiao, Jing; Chen, Xiaobo “Engineering heterogeneous semiconductors for solar water splitting” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 2485-2534. DOI: 10.1039/c4ta04461d
  5. *Tan, Chaoliang; Zhang, Hua “Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheet-based composites” Chemical Society Reviews, 2015, 44, 2713-2731. DOI: 10.1039/c4cs00182f
  6. Stephan, Douglas W. “Frustrated Lewis Pairs: From Concept to Catalysis” Accounts of Chemical Research, 2015, 48, 306-316. DOI: 10.1021/ar500375j
  7. *Cao, Shaowen; Low, Jingxiang; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek “Polymeric Photocatalysts Based on Graphitic Carbon Nitride” Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 2150-2176. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201500033
  8. Zheng, Yao; Jiao, Yan; Jaroniec, Mietek; Qiao, Shi Zhang “Advancing the Electrochemistry of the Hydrogen-Evolution Reaction through Combining Experiment and Theory” Angewandte Chemie–International Edition, 2015, 54, 52-65. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201407031
  9. Friebel, Daniel; Louie, Mary W.; Bajdich, Michal; Sanwald, Kai E.; Cai, Yun; Wise, Anna M.; Cheng, Mu-Jeng; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Alonso-Mori, Roberto; Davis, Ryan C.; Bargar, John R.; Norskov, Jens K.; Nilsson, Anders; Bell, Alexis T. “Identification of Highly Active Fe Sites in (Ni,Fe)OOH for Electrocatalytic Water Splitting” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 1305-1313. DOI: 10.1021/ja511559d
  10. Moniz, Savio J. A.; Shevlin, Stephen A.; Martin, David James; Guo, Zheng-Xiao; Tang, Junwang “Visible-light driven heterojunction photocatalysts for water splitting – a critical review” Energy & Environmental Science, 2015, 8, 731-759. DOI: 10.1039/c4ee03271c


Honorable Mentions:

  • McCrory, Charles C. L.; Jung, Suho; Ferrer, Ivonne M.; Chatman, Shawn M.; Peters, Jonas C.; Jaramillo, Thomas F. “Benchmarking Hydrogen Evolving Reaction and Oxygen Evolving Reaction Electrocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting Devices” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 4347-4357. DOI: 10.1021/ja510442p
  • Lin, Qiuyan; Li, Li; Liang, Shijing; Liu, Minghua; Bi, Jinhong; Wu, Ling “Efficient synthesis of monolayer carbon nitride 2D nanosheet with tunable concentration and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities” Applied Catalysis B-Environmental, 2015, 163, 135-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.07.053
  • Kuriki, Ryo; Sekizawa, Keita; Ishitani, Osamu; Maeda, Kazuhiko “Visible-Light-Driven CO2 Reduction with Carbon Nitride: Enhancing the Activity of Ruthenium Catalysts” Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2015, 54, 2406-2409. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201411170
  • Marszewski, Michal; Cao, Shaowen; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek “Semiconductor-based photocatalytic CO2 conversion” Materials Horizons, 2015, 2, 261-278. DOI: 10.1039/c4mh00176a
  • Lv, Ruitao; Robinson, Joshua A.; Schaak, Raymond E.; Sun, Du; Sun, Yifan; Mallouk, Thomas E.; Terrones, Mauricio “Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Beyond: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications of Single- and Few-Layer Nanosheets” Accounts of Chemical Research, 2015, 48, 56-64. DOI: 10.1021/ar5002846

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