3D reticulated carbon nitride materials high-uniformly capture 0D black phosphorus as 3D/0D composites for stable and efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

Published on Jan 2, 2019in Journal of materials chemistry. A, Materials for energy and sustainability11.301
· DOI :10.1039/C8TA09647C
Ting Song15
Estimated H-index: 15
(SCUT: South China University of Technology),
Gongchang Zeng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(SCUT: South China University of Technology)
+ 4 AuthorsHeping Zeng13
Estimated H-index: 13
(SCUT: South China University of Technology)
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Abstract
Black phosphorus has recently emerged as an excellent 2D semiconductor with high charge-carrier mobility and wide tunable bandgap for photocatalysis. In this research, a simple method was developed to manufacture reticulated carbon nitride materials (CN-4N). Utilizing the self-capturing property of CN-4N to capture black phosphorus quantum dots (BQ) uniformly dispersed in aqueous solution, BQ were successfully implanted in the interior surface of CN-4N to form a unique structure instead of the normal exterior surface contact pattern. The optimized CN-4N(BQ) showed good stability and achieved an excellent hydrogen production rate of 13.83 mmol h−1 g−1, which was 3.3- and 35.5-fold higher than that of CN-4N and bulk CN (NCN), respectively. The experimental results illustrated that the greatly improved photocatalytic performance of CN-4N(BQ) was attributed to the joint actions of the abundant active sites provided by the ultra-porous structure, the excellent vis-NIR absorption capability, the spatially separated reactive sites for the redox reaction, and the greatly enhanced photoinduced electron–hole separation efficiency. This research provides novel insight for the rational fabrication of CN-based hybrids for various applications.
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