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Fabrication of CdS/β-SiC/TiO2 tri-composites that exploit hole- and electron-transfer processes for photocatalytic hydrogen production under visible light

Abstract

In this work, CdS/SiC/TiO2 tri-composite photocatalysts that exploit electron- and hole-transfer processes were fabricated using an easy two-step method in the liquid phase. The photocatalyst with a 1:1:1 M ratio of CdS/SiC/TiO2 exhibited a rate of hydrogen evolution from an aqueous solution of sodium sulfite and sodium sulfide under visible light of 137 μmol h−1 g−1, which is 9.5 times that of pure CdS. β-SiC can act as a sink for the photogenerated holes because the valence band level of β-SiC is higher than the corresponding bands in CdS and TiO2. In addition, the level of the conduction band of TiO2 is lower than those of CdS and β-SiC, so TiO2 can act as the acceptor of the photogenerated electrons. Our results demonstrate that hole transfer and absorption in the visible light region lead to an effective hydrogen-production scheme.

Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain
Countries: Japan
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2017-12-27
2021-06-15
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