Deprotonation of g-C3N4 with Na ions for efficient nonsacrificial water splitting under visible light

Feng Guo, Jingling Chen, Minwei Zhang, Bifen Gao, Bizhou Lin, Yilin Chen

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Abstract

Developing a photocatalyst with the necessary characteristics of being cheap, efficient and robust for visible-light-driven water splitting remains a serious challenge within the photocatalysis field. Herein, an effective strategy, deprotonating g-C3N4 with Na ions from low-cost precursors, is reported. The deprotonated g-C3N4 exhibits a stable and reproducible H-2 and O-2 evolution rate of 31.5 and 15.2 mu mol h(-1) from pure water over 24 h. Our findings reveal that the extraordinary photoreactivity comes from the enhanced optical absorption, the promoted charge transfer, and the completely inhibited H2O2 intermediate due to the deprotonation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume4
Issue number28
Pages (from-to)10806-10809
Number of pages4
ISSN2050-7488
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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