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dc.contributor.authorYou, Y.
dc.contributor.authorWang, Shaobin
dc.contributor.authorXiao, K.
dc.contributor.authorMa, T.
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Y.
dc.contributor.authorHuang, H.
dc.identifier.citationYou, Y. and Wang, S. and Xiao, K. and Ma, T. and Zhang, Y. and Huang, H. 2018. Z-Scheme g-C3N4/Bi4NbO8Cl Heterojunction for Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 6: pp. 16219-16227.

Photocatalytic water splitting is promising for sustainable energy development, but it is severely challenged by the low charge separation efficiency and slashing redox potentials requirement. Fabricating a Z-scheme heterojunction as an effective strategy for solving the aforementioned troubles gains enormous efforts. In this work, we develop high-efficiency Z-scheme catalyst g-C3N4/Bi4NbO8Cl based on a facile high-energy ball-milling method to form an intimate interface between the two phases. It exhibits an enormously promoted photocatalytic activity for H2 production with visible-light illumination (λ > 420 nm), and the H2 evolution rate is 6.9 and 67.2 times higher than those of bare g-C3N4 and Bi4NbO8Cl, respectively. The stronger photoabsorption of g-C3N4/Bi4NbO8Cl (beyond 500 nm) allows generation of more photons than does g-C3N4. More importantly, the separation and transfer of photoexcited charge carriers were greatly improved between g-C3N4 and Bi4NbO8Cl, as revealed by the photoelectrochemical and time-resolved photoluminescence decay results. The Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism of g-C3N4/Bi4NbO8Cl was also manifested by electron spin resonance (ESR). The work furnishes a new solution to fabrication of high-efficiency Z-scheme catalysts for countering energy issues.

dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society
dc.titleZ-Scheme g-C3N4/Bi4NbO8Cl Heterojunction for Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
dcterms.source.seriesACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
dcterms.source.conferenceConference of the Sustainable-Nanotechnology-Organization (SNO)
curtin.departmentWASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)
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