Interface engineering of Co9S8/CdIn2S4 ohmic junction for efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution under visible light

Chunxue Li, Yidong Zhao, Xiaoteng Liu, Pengwei Huo, Yongsheng Yan*, Lili Wang*, Guangfu Liao*, Chunbo Liu

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The design and development of high-performance photocatalysts from three aspects of simultaneous enhancement of light harvest, carrier migration rate, and redox reaction rate is still a great challenge. Herein, a novel Co9S8/CdIn2S4 ohmic junction with a robust internal electric field (IEF) is successfully prepared via hydrothermal and in situ synthesis methods and is used for effective photocatalytic H2 evolution (PHE). Under simulated visible light irradiation, the PHE rate of 5% Co9S8/CdIn2S4 can reach 1083.6 μmol h−1 g−1, which is 6.4 times higher than that of CdIn2S4 (170.5 μmol h−1 g−1). The enhanced PHE performance is mainly ascribed to the improved light harvest and carrier separation efficiency and fast surface H2 evolution kinetics. Moreover, Co9S8 nanotubes serve as promising Co-based cocatalysts that can evidently enhance PHE activity. Additionally, Co9S8/CdIn2S4 shows superior stability because the photogenerated carrier transfer path restrains the photocorrosion behavior. The photocatalytic mechanism is proposed based on experimental results and DFT calculations. This work offers new insights for the design and development of highly active photocatalysts from interface engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-803
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Early online date19 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2021


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