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Type: Journal article
Title: Heterostructured WO₃@CoWO₄ bilayer nanosheets for enhanced visible-light photo, electro and photoelectro-chemical oxidation of water
Other Titles: Heterostructured WO(3)@CoWO(4) bilayer nanosheets for enhanced visible-light photo, electro and photoelectro-chemical oxidation of water
Author: Zhang, H.
Tian, W.
Li, Y.
Sun, H.
Tadé, M.
Wang, S.
Citation: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018; 6(15):6265-6272
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2050-7488
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Huayang Zhang, Wenjie Tian, Yunguo Li, Hongqi Sun, Moses O. Tadé and Shaobin Wang
Abstract: Herein, a facile interface-induced synthesis method is first established to newly fabricate two-dimensional (2D) bilayer nanosheets of WO₃@CoWO₄ as highly efficient catalysts for enhanced photo, electro and photoelectro-chemical oxygen evolution reactions (OERs). The heterostructure and the interfacial oxygen vacancy of WO₃@CoWO₄ reduce the energy barriers in the OER. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations and material characterizations reveal that the WO₃@CoWO₄ p–n heterojunction endows the composite with a narrowed band gap for better visible-light harvesting, rapid charge transfer across the interface and a lower recombination rate of the photo-excited carriers. The interface O-vacancy vests the active Co site with an enhanced density of state (DOS) at the valence band maximum (VBM), which can increase the concentration of the photogenerated holes to improve photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity. This study presents a proof-of-concept design towards low cost and multi-metal 2D/2D nanosheets for water oxidation applications.
Description: Published on 27 February 2018
Rights: Open Access Article. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2018
RMID: 0030096522
DOI: 10.1039/c8ta00555a
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