Improved Plasmonic Hot-Electron Capture in Au Nanoparticle/Polymeric Carbon Nitride by Pt Single Atoms for Broad-Spectrum Photocatalytic H2 Evolution

Nanomicro Lett. 2023 May 20;15(1):129. doi: 10.1007/s40820-023-01098-2.


Rationally designing broad-spectrum photocatalysts to harvest whole visible-light region photons and enhance solar energy conversion is a “holy grail” for researchers, but is still a challenging issue. Herein, based on the common polymeric carbon nitride (PCN), a hybrid co-catalysts system comprising plasmonic Au nanoparticles (NPs) and atomically dispersed Pt single atoms (PtSAs) with different functions was constructed to address this challenge. For the dual co-catalysts decorated PCN (PtSAs-Au2.5/PCN), the PCN is photoexcited to generate electrons under UV and short-wavelength visible light, and the synergetic Au NPs and PtSAs not only accelerate charge separation and transfer though Schottky junctions and metal-support bond but also act as the co-catalysts for H2 evolution. Furthermore, the Au NPs absorb long-wavelength visible light owing to its localized surface plasmon resonance, and the adjacent PtSAs trap the plasmonic hot-electrons for H2 evolution via direct electron transfer effect. Consequently, the PtSAs-Au2.5/PCN exhibits excellent broad-spectrum photocatalytic H2 evolution activity with the H2 evolution rate of 8.8 mmol g-1 h-1 at 420 nm and 264 μmol g-1 h-1 at 550 nm, much higher than that of Au2.5/PCN and PtSAs-PCN, respectively. This work provides a new strategy to design broad-spectrum photocatalysts for energy conversion reaction.

PMID:37209296 | PMC:PMC10199823 | DOI:10.1007/s40820-023-01098-2


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