FeCo alloy@N-doped graphitized carbon as an efficient cocatalyst for enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution by inducing accelerated charge transfer

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Sibo Chen
  • Jihai Liao
  • Qiongzhi Gao
  • Siyuan Yang
  • Feng Peng
  • Xinhua Zhong
  • Yueping Fang
  • Shengsen Zhang

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Journal / PublicationJournal of Energy Chemistry
Volume52
Online published5 May 2020
Publication statusOnline published - 5 May 2020

Abstract

Cocatalysts play important roles in improving the activity and stability of most photocatalysts. It is of great significance to develop economical, efficient and stable cocatalysts. Herein, using Na2CoFe(CN)6 complex as precursor, a novel noble-metal-free FeCo@NGC cocatalyst (nano-FeCo alloy@N-doped graphitized carbon) is fabricated by a simple pyrolysis method. Coupling with g-C3N4, the optimal FeCo@NGC/g-C3N4 receives a boosted visible light driven photocatalytic H2 evolution rate of 42.2 μmol h−1, which is even higher than that of 1.0 wt% Pt modified g-C3N4 photocatalyst. Based on the results of density functional theory (DFT) calculations and practical experiment measurements, such outstanding photocatalytic performance of FeCo@NGC/g-C3N4 is mainly attributed to two aspects. One is the accelerated charge transfer behavior, induced by a photogenerated electrons secondary transfer performance on the surface of FeCo alloy nanoparticles. The other is related to the adjustment of H adsorption energy (approaching the standard hydrogen electrode potential) by the presence of external NGC thin layer. Both factors play key roles in the H2 evolution reaction. Such outstanding performance highlights an enormous potential of developing noble-metal-free bimetallic nano-alloy as inexpensive and efficient cocatalysts for solar applications.

Research Area(s)

  • Cocatalyst, FeCo alloy nanoparticles, g-C3N4, Hydrogen evolution, N-doped graphitized carbon, Visible light

Citation Format(s)

FeCo alloy@N-doped graphitized carbon as an efficient cocatalyst for enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution by inducing accelerated charge transfer. / Chen, Sibo; Hau Ng, Yun; Liao, Jihai; Gao, Qiongzhi; Yang, Siyuan; Peng, Feng; Zhong, Xinhua; Fang, Yueping; Zhang, Shengsen.

In: Journal of Energy Chemistry, Vol. 52, 01.2021, p. 92-101.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal