[Nano Energy] 我室李剑锋教授发表论文:CdS core-Au plasmonic satellites nanostructure enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction

我室李剑锋教授在 Nano Energy 上发表论文:CdS core-Au plasmonic satellites nanostructure enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction



Photocatalytic hydrogen production from water splitting is a renewable non-polluting method for converting abundant solar energy to a useable fuel and has gained considerable interest recently. However, energy conversion efficiencies remain low and need to be improved if solar generated hydrogen fuel is to be a reality. Here, we have developed a highly active CdS core-Au plasmonic satellites nanostructure composite catalyst, which efficiently facilitates the hydrogen production from water reduction under visible light. Compared to pure CdS, such catalysts exhibited over 400 times higher photocatalytic activity due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of the Au satellites. Furthermore, their activities are strongly dependent on the particle size of the Au satellites, and an extremely high photocatalytic hydrogen production rate of 6385 μmol g−1 h−1 was achieved using CdS-16 nm Au under visible-light irradiation. The enhancement mechanism for the CdS core-Au plasmonic satellites catalyst has also been studied comprehensively by tailoring the structure of the catalysts and reaction conditions. A synergistic effect combining both near-field enhancement and “hot” electron transfer has been uncovered and accounts for the great enhancement. This work well demonstrates that the SPR enhancement can greatly boost the photocatalytic activity of traditional semiconductor photocatalysts, thus provides a promising strategy to develop highly efficient photocatalysts for solar energy conversion.