Efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution on single-crystalline metal selenide particles with suitable cocatalysts

Shanshan Chen, Junie Jhon M. Vequizo, Takashi Hisatomi, Mamiko Nakabayashi, Lihua Lin, Zheng Wang, Akira Yamakata, Naoya Shibata, Tsuyoshi Takata, Taro Yamada, Kazunari Domen

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Abstract

It is important to improve the apparent quantum yields (AQYs) of narrow bandgap photocatalysts to achieve efficient H2 production. The present work demonstrates a particulate solid solution of zinc selenide and copper gallium selenide (denoted as ZnSe:CGSe) that evolves H2 efficiently and is responsive to visible light up to 725 nm. This material was synthesized using a flux-assisted method and was found to comprise single-crystalline tetrahedral particles. The coloading of Ni and Rh, Pt, Pd or Ru as cocatalysts further improved the photocatalytic H2 evolution rate over this photocatalyst. With the optimal coloading of a Ni-Ru composite cocatalyst, an AQY of 13.7% was obtained at 420 nm during a sacrificial H2 evolution reaction, representing the highest value yet reported for a photocatalyst with an absorption edge longer than 700 nm. The present study demonstrates that the preparation of single-crystalline particles and the rational assembly of composite cocatalysts are effective strategies that allow the efficient utilization of long wavelengths by metal selenide photocatalysts for solar fuel production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6436-6441
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Science
Volume11
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 7 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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