A new photocatalyst based on Co(CO3)0.5(OH)·0.11H2O/Bi2WO6 nanocomposites for high-efficiency cocatalyst-free O2 evolution

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The practical application of photocatalytic water splitting is essentially limited by the slow kinetic nature of the water oxidation process. Therefore, it is highly desirable but challenging to explore a low-cost and high-efficiency water oxidation catalyst for the aim of commercialization and industrialization. We herein report the first-time synthesis of a novel and high-efficiency visible-light-driven photocatalyst composed of flower-like Co(CO3)0.5(OH)·0.11H2O (CCO) nanowires and Bi2WO6 (BWO) nanosheets, i.e. CCO/BWO nanocomposite, via a facile hydrothermal method. Without utilizing any additional cocatalyst, the composite of CCO/BWO in 30% weight ratio exhibits extraordinarily high photoactivity and photostability towards O2 evolution, achieving an average O2 generation rate of 953 µmol h−1 g−1 under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • He, B; Liu, H; Lin, Z; Yan, L; Ning, J; Zhong, Y; Zheng, C; Zhang, Z; Hu, Y

Published Date

  • March 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 359 /

Start / End Page

  • 924 - 932

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1385-8947

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cej.2018.11.094

Citation Source

  • Scopus