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Fabrication of g-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 Hollow Structures as Visible-Light-Driven Z-Scheme Photocatalysts with Enhanced Photocatalytic H2 Evolution

Fabrication of g-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 Hollow Structures as Visible-Light-Driven Z-Scheme Photocatalysts with Enhanced Photocatalytic H2 Evolution
Zhaoyang Fan, Dandan Ma, Jian-Wen Shi, Yajun Zou, Chunming Niu, Lianzhou Wang
The Z-scheme photocatalytic system for water splitting based on semiconductors has exhibited great potential for H2 fuel production from renewable resources. In this work, we constructed g-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 hollow spheres as an all-solid-state Z-scheme photocatalytic system with Au nanoparticles as the electron mediator. The as-synthesized g-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 photocatalyst showed a remarkably enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution rate under visible-light irradiation (λ>420 nm), which was 86 and 42 times higher than those of pure C-TiO2 and g-C3N4, respectively. The enhancement of photocatalytic performance can be mainly attributed to the intentionally designed Z-scheme system, which not only promoted the efficient transfer and separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs, but also retained the strong redox ability of the charge carriers. In addition, the Z-scheme system also achieved high visible-light absorption and utilization owing to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Au nanoparticles and hollow structures of C-TiO2. All the factors synergistically promote the photocatalytic activity of the g-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 hollow nanospheres, providing a promising method for the rational design of highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalysts. Z-scheme: Graphitic-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 hollow spheres are constructed as an all-solid-state Z-scheme photocatalytic system with Au nanoparticles as the electron mediator. The as-synthesized g-C3N4/Au/C-TiO2 photocatalyst showed a remarkably enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution rate under visible-light irradiation (λ>420 nm), which was 86 and 42 times higher than those of pure C-TiO2 and g-C3N4, respectively.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201700542

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