Nickel sulfide/graphitic carbon nitride/strontium titanate (NiS/g-CN/SrTiO) composites with significantly enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production activity.

Author(s) Luo, X.L.; He, G.L.; Fang, Y.P.; Xu, Y.H.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2018 May 15

NiS/g-CN/SrTiO (NS/CN/STO) composites were prepared using a facile hydrothermal method. The synergistic effect of g-CN/SrTiO (CN/STO) heterojunction and NiS cocatalyst enhanced the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity of NS/CN/STO. A hydrogen production rate of 1722.7 μmol h g was obtained when the 2%NiS/20%g-CN/SrTiO (2NS/20CN/STO) was used for the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution in the presence of methanol used as a sacrificial agent under UV-vis light irradiation; the photocatalytic hydrogen production rate of 2NS/20CN/STO is 32.8, 8.9 and 4.2 times the value of that obtained with pure g-CN, SrTiO and 20%g-CN/SrTiO (20CN/STO), respectively. Moreover, in photoelectrochemical investigations when compared with 20CN/STO, SrTiO and g-CN, 2NS/20CN/STO exhibited significant photocurrent enhancement. The heterojunction and cocatalyst in NS/CN/STO improved the charge separation efficiency and the lifetime of the charge carriers, leading to the enhanced generation of electrons for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.02.038
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2018;518:184191.

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