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Title: Visible Light-Driven H 2 Production over Highly Dispersed Ruthenia on Rutile TiO 2 Nanorods

The immobilization of miniscule quantities of RuO 2 (~0.1%) onto one-dimensional (1D) TiO 2 nanorods (NRs) allows H 2 evolution from water under visible light irradiation. Rod-like rutile TiO 2 structures, exposing preferentially (110) surfaces, are shown to be critical for the deposition of RuO 2 to enable photocatalytic activity in the visible region. The superior performance is rationalized on the basis of fundamental experimental studies and theoretical calculations, demonstrating that RuO 2(110) grown as 1D nanowires on rutile TiO 2(110), which occurs only at extremely low loads of RuO 2, leads to the formation of a heterointerface that efficiently adsorbs visible light. The surface defects, band gap narrowing, visible photoresponse, and favorable upward band bending at the heterointerface drastically facilitate the transfer and separation of photogenerated charge carriers
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1249508
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: ACS Catalysis; Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 1
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY H2 production; ruthenium; titanium