Preparation of 2D/2D g-C3N4 nanosheet@ZnIn2S4 nanoleaf heterojunctions with well-designed high-speed charge transfer nanochannels towards high-efficiency photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

» Autor: Bo Lin, He Li, Hua An, Wenbin Hao, JinJia Wei, Yanzhu Dai, Chuansheng Ma, Guidong Yang

» Referencia: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 220

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In this work, we design and construct a novel 2D/2D g-C3N4 nanosheet@ZnIn2S4 nanoleaf via a simple one-step surfactant-assisted solvothermal method for photocatalytic H2 generation. Its unusual 2D/2D heterojunction structure provides far more contact areas and much faster charge transport rate than the 2D/0D heterojunction structure of g-C3N4 nanosheet@ZnIn2S4 microsphere. More importantly, this unique 2D/2D heterojunction leads the g-C3N4 nanosheet@ZnIn2S4 nanoleaf composite to generate numerous intimate high-speed charge transfer nanochannels in the interfacial junctions, and which could considerably enhance the photogenerated charge separation and migration efficiency, thus yielding a remarkable visible-light-driven H2 evolution rate without the additive Pt cocatalyst (HER=2.78mmolh?1 g?1), nearly 69.5, 15.4, 8.2 and 1.9 times higher than that of pure g-C3N4 nanosheet, pure ZnIn2S4 microsphere, 2D/0D g-C3N4 nanosheet@ZnIn2S4 microsphere and pure ZnIn2S4 nanoleaf, respectively. Additionally, the 2D/2D g-C3N4 nanosheet@ZnIn2S4 nanoleaf exhibits an outstanding stability and recyclability, manifesting a promising potential application in sustainable energy conversion. This work would provide a platform for the design and synthesis of binary heterojunction composite system with highly-efficient charge separation and transfer.
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