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Title: Metal-Organic Framework-Derived ZnO/ZnS Heteronanostructures for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production

Abstract

Developing highly active, recyclable, and inexpensive photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) under visible light is significant for the direct conversion of solar energy into chemical fuels for various green energy applications. For such applications, it is very challenging but vitally important for a photocatalyst to simultaneously enhance the visible–light absorption and suppress photogenerated electron–hole recombination, while also to maintain high stability and recyclability. Herein, a metal–organic framework (MOF)–templated strategy has been developed to prepare heterostructured nanocatalysts with superior photocatalytic HER activity. Very uniquely, the synthesized photocatalytic materials can be recycled easily after use to restore the initial photocatalytic activity. It is shown that by controlling the calcination temperature and time with MOF–5 as a host and guest thioacetamide as a sulfur source, the chemical compositions of the formed heterojunctions of ZnO/ZnS can be tuned to further enhance the visible–light absorption and photocatalytic activity. Here, the nanoscale heterojunction ZnO/ZnS structural feature serves to reduce the average free path of charge carriers and improve the charge separation efficiency, thus leading to significantly enhanced HER activity under visible–light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) with high stability and recyclability without any cocatalyst.

Authors:
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  1. Nankai Univ., Tianjin (China)
  2. Nankai Univ., Tianjin (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), Tianjin (China)
  3. Univ. of California, Riverside, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Materials Sciences & Engineering Division; USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1415497
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1415498; OSTI ID: 1499017
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0010596
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Published Article
Journal Name:
Advanced Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2198-3844
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
08 HYDROGEN; hydrogen production; metal–organic frameworks; photocatalysts; ZnO/ZnS heteronanostructures

Citation Formats

Zhao, Xiuxia, Feng, Jianrui, Liu, Jingwei, Lu, Jia, Shi, Wei, Yang, Guangming, Wang, Guichang, Feng, Pingyun, and Cheng, Peng. Metal-Organic Framework-Derived ZnO/ZnS Heteronanostructures for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1002/advs.201700590.
Zhao, Xiuxia, Feng, Jianrui, Liu, Jingwei, Lu, Jia, Shi, Wei, Yang, Guangming, Wang, Guichang, Feng, Pingyun, & Cheng, Peng. Metal-Organic Framework-Derived ZnO/ZnS Heteronanostructures for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production. United States. doi:10.1002/advs.201700590.
Zhao, Xiuxia, Feng, Jianrui, Liu, Jingwei, Lu, Jia, Shi, Wei, Yang, Guangming, Wang, Guichang, Feng, Pingyun, and Cheng, Peng. Wed . "Metal-Organic Framework-Derived ZnO/ZnS Heteronanostructures for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production". United States. doi:10.1002/advs.201700590.
@article{osti_1415497,
title = {Metal-Organic Framework-Derived ZnO/ZnS Heteronanostructures for Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production},
author = {Zhao, Xiuxia and Feng, Jianrui and Liu, Jingwei and Lu, Jia and Shi, Wei and Yang, Guangming and Wang, Guichang and Feng, Pingyun and Cheng, Peng},
abstractNote = {Developing highly active, recyclable, and inexpensive photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) under visible light is significant for the direct conversion of solar energy into chemical fuels for various green energy applications. For such applications, it is very challenging but vitally important for a photocatalyst to simultaneously enhance the visible–light absorption and suppress photogenerated electron–hole recombination, while also to maintain high stability and recyclability. Herein, a metal–organic framework (MOF)–templated strategy has been developed to prepare heterostructured nanocatalysts with superior photocatalytic HER activity. Very uniquely, the synthesized photocatalytic materials can be recycled easily after use to restore the initial photocatalytic activity. It is shown that by controlling the calcination temperature and time with MOF–5 as a host and guest thioacetamide as a sulfur source, the chemical compositions of the formed heterojunctions of ZnO/ZnS can be tuned to further enhance the visible–light absorption and photocatalytic activity. Here, the nanoscale heterojunction ZnO/ZnS structural feature serves to reduce the average free path of charge carriers and improve the charge separation efficiency, thus leading to significantly enhanced HER activity under visible–light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) with high stability and recyclability without any cocatalyst.},
doi = {10.1002/advs.201700590},
journal = {Advanced Science},
issn = {2198-3844},
number = 4,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}

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