We investigated photocatalytic water-oxidation performance of tetrahedron-shaped silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) crystals with various particle sizes. The performance was clearly influenced by the particle size. The maximum activity was found for the particle with a tetrahedron edge with 1.5 μm length, which showed the highest rate of oxygen evolution. A series of analysis against time-resolved diffuse reflection spectra of the powder samples reveals that not only carrier recombination dynamic but also photoexcited carrier density can play important roles in the water oxidation. Our finding should contribute to give one of the basic ideas when designing semiconductor photocatalysts for water splitting.
- Carrier dynamics
- Global analysis
- Photocatalytic water oxidation
- Silver phosphate
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry