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Enhanced Photocarrier Separation in Hierarchical Graphitic-C3N4-Supported CuInS2 for Noble-Metal-Free Z-Scheme Photocatalytic Water Splitting

Enhanced Photocarrier Separation in Hierarchical Graphitic-C3N4-Supported CuInS2 for Noble-Metal-Free Z-Scheme Photocatalytic Water Splitting
Zhipan Zhang, Keyu Xie, Xiaoxue Li, Mengjia Zhao, Long Song
The effective separation of photogenerated electrons and holes in photocatalysts is a prerequisite for efficient photocatalytic water splitting. CuInS2 (CIS) is a widely used light absorber that works properly in photovoltaics but only shows limited performance in solar-driven hydrogen evolution due to its intrinsically severe charge recombination. Here, we prepare hierarchical graphitic C3N4-supported CuInS2 (denoted as GsC) by an in situ growth of CIS directly on exfoliated thin graphitic C3N4 nanosheets (g-C3N4 NS) and demonstrate efficient separation of photoinduced charge carriers in the GsC by forming the Z-scheme system for the first time in CIS-catalyzed water splitting. Under visible light illumination, the GsC features an enhanced hydrogen evolution rate up to 1290 μmol g–1 h–1, which is 3.3 and 6.1 times higher than that of g-C3N4 NS and bare-CIS, respectively, thus setting a new performance benchmark for CIS-based water-splitting photocatalysts.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06030

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06030

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