Direct H2S Decomposition by Plasmonic Photocatalysis: Efficient Remediation plus Sustainable Hydrogen Production

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Plasmonic metal nanostructures have garnered rapidly increasing interest as heterogeneous photocatalysts, facilitating chemical bond activation and overcoming the high energy demands of conventional thermal catalysis. Here we report the highly efficient plasmonic photocatalysis of the direct decomposition of hydrogen sulfide into hydrogen and sulfur, an alternative to the industrial Claus process. Under visible light illumination and with no external heat source, up to a 20-fold reactivity enhancement compared to thermocatalysis can be observed. The substantially enhanced reactivity can be attributed to plasmon-mediated hot carriers (HCs) that modify the reaction energetics. With a shift in the rate-determining step of the reaction, a new reaction pathway is made possible with a lower apparent reaction barrier. Light-driven one-step decomposition of hydrogen sulfide represents an exciting opportunity for simultaneous high-efficiency hydrogen production and low-temperature sulfur recovery, important in many industrial processes.

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Cited Authors

  • Lou, M; Bao, JL; Zhou, L; Naidu, GN; Robatjazi, H; Bayles, AI; Everitt, HO; Nordlander, P; Carter, EA; Halas, NJ

Published Date

  • October 14, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 3666 - 3674

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2380-8195

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/acsenergylett.2c01755

Citation Source

  • Scopus