Crystal‐Face Tailored Graphitic Carbon Nitride Films for High‐Performance Photoelectrochemical Cells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2497-2501
Journal / PublicationChemSusChem
Issue number15
Online published2 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2018


Graphitic carbon nitride (g‐CN) has been widely studied as a promising candidate for water splitting, owing to its metal‐free nature, moderate band gap, and low cost. However, its photocurrent density is still very low for photoelectrochemical cell applications. In this work, a crystal face tailored g‐CN photoelectrode has been fabricated by a facile thermal vapor deposition method. We use the melamine formaldehyde resin as a new precursor and have successfully fabricated g‐CN films. The intensity ratio between two typical peaks (100) and (001) of g‐CN is very different from that in the existing literature. The water splitting photocurrent density is as high as 228.2 μA cm−2, which is 126.8 times higher than pure g‐CN (1.8 μA cm−2) at 1.23 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrodes under one sun illumination without sacrificial reagents and co‐catalysts. The electrode shows the best performance, compared with the previously reported g‐CN photoelectrodes.

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  • doping, graphitic carbon nitride, melamine formaldehyde resin, photoelectrochemical, water splitting