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|Title:||Phosphorene co-catalyst advancing highly efficient visible-light photocatalytic hydrogen production|
|Citation:||Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 2017; 56(35):10373-10377|
|Jingrun Ran, Bicheng Zhu, and Shi-Zhang Qiao|
|Abstract:||Transitional metals are widely used as co-catalysts boosting photocatalytic H2 production. However, metal-based co-catalysts suffer from high cost, limited abundance and detrimental environment impact. To date, metal-free co-catalyst is rarely reported. Here we for the first time utilized density functional calculations to guide the application of phosphorene as a high-efficiency metal-free co-catalyst for CdS, Zn₀⋅₈Cd₀⋅₂S or ZnS. Particularly, phosphorene modified CdS shows a high apparent quantum yield of 34.7 % at 420 nm. This outstanding activity arises from the strong electronic coupling between phosphorene and CdS, as well as the favorable band structure, high charge mobility and massive active sites of phosphorene, supported by computations and advanced characterizations, for example, synchrotron-based X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy. This work brings new opportunities to prepare highly-active, cheap and green photocatalysts.|
|Keywords:||Co-catalysts; density functional calculations; hydrogen production; phosphorene; photocatalysis|
|Rights:||© 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim|
|Appears in Collections:||Chemical Engineering publications|
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