Au@TiO2–CdS ternary nanostructures for efficient visible-light-driven hydrogen generation
Date of Issue2013
School of Materials Science and Engineering
We report a new type of Au@TiO2-CdS ternary nanostructures by decorating CdS nanoparticles onto Au@TiO2 core-shell structures. Comparing to the binary structures, such as CdS-TiO2 and Au@TiO2, these ternary nanostructures exhibit remarkably high photocatalytic H2 generation rate under visible-light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to the unique ternary design, which builds up a transfer path for the photoexcited electrons of CdS to the core Au particles via the TiO2 nanocrystal bridge, and thus effectively suppressed the electron-hole recombination on the CdS photocatalyst. This internal electron transfer pathway (CdS→TiO2→Au) eliminates the needs of post-deposition of metal co-catalyst since the core Au nanoparticle can act as the interior active catalyst for proton reduction towards hydrogen evolution. We believe that our work demonstrates a promising way for rational design of metal-semiconductor hybrid photocatalysts to achieve high photocatalytic efficiency for solar fuels production.
ACS applied materials & interfaces
© 2013 American Chemical Society. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, American Chemical Society. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am4021654].