Overall Water Splitting by a SrTaO2N-Based Photocatalyst Decorated with an Ir-Promoted Ru-Based Cocatalyst

Kaihong Chen, Jiadong Xiao, Junie Jhon M. Vequizo, Takashi Hisatomi, Yiwen Ma, Mamiko Nakabayashi, Tsuyoshi Takata, Akira Yamakata, Naoya Shibata, Kazunari Domen

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The development of narrow-bandgap photocatalysts for one-step-excitation overall water splitting (OWS) remains a critical challenge in the field of solar hydrogen production. SrTaO2N is a photocatalytic material having a band structure suitable for OWS under visible light (λ ≤ 600 nm). However, the presence of defects in the oxynitride and the lack of cocatalysts to promote simultaneous hydrogen and oxygen evolution make it challenging to realize OWS using this material. The present work demonstrates a SrTaO2N-based particulate photocatalyst for OWS. This photocatalyst, which was composed of single crystals, was obtained by nitriding SrCl2 and Ta2O5 together with NaOH, with the latter added to control the formation of defects. The subsequent loading of bimetallic RuIrOx nanoparticles accelerated charge separation and allowed the SrTaO2N photocatalyst to exhibit superior OWS activity. This research presenting the strategies of controlling the oxygen sources and promoting the cocatalyst function is expected to expand the range of potential OWS-active oxynitride photocatalysts and permit the design of efficient cocatalysts for photocatalytic OWS.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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