Surface Modifications of (ZnSe)0.5(CuGa2.5Se4.25)0.5to Promote Photocatalytic Z-Scheme Overall Water Splitting

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

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Charge separation is crucial for an efficient artificial photosynthetic process, especially for narrow-bandgap metal sulfides/selenides. The present study demonstrates the application of a p-n junction to particulate metal selenides to enhance photocatalytic Z-scheme overall water splitting (OWS). The constructed p-n junction of CdS-(ZnSe)0.5(CuGa2.5Se4.25)0.5 significantly boosted charge separation. A thin TiO2 coating layer also was introduced to inhibit photocorrosion of CdS and suppress the backward reaction of water formation from hydrogen and oxygen. By employing Pt-loaded TiO2/CdS-(ZnSe)0.5(CuGa2.5Se4.25)0.5 as a hydrogen evolution photocatalyst (HEP), we assembled a Z-scheme OWS system, together with BiVO4:Mo and Au as an oxygen evolution photocatalyst and electron mediator, respectively. An apparent quantum yield of 1.5% at 420 nm was achieved, which is by far the highest among reported particulate photocatalytic Z-scheme OWS systems with metal sulfides/selenides as HEPs. The present work demonstrates that a well-tailored p-n junction structure is effective for promoting charge separation in photocatalysis and opens new pathways for the development of efficient artificial photosynthesis systems involving narrow bandgap photocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10633-10641
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Jul 21 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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