Promoted Photocharge Separation in 2D Lateral Epitaxial Heterostructure for Visible-Light-Driven CO2 Photoreduction

Li Wang*, Xue Zhao, Dongdong Lv, Chuangwei Liu, Weihong Lai, Chunyi Sun, Zhongmin Su, Xun Xu, Weichang Hao, Shi Xue Dou, Yi Du

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Photocarrier recombination remains a big barrier for the improvement of solar energy conversion efficiency. For 2D materials, construction of heterostructures represents an efficient strategy to promote photoexcited carrier separation via an internal electric field at the heterointerface. However, due to the difficulty in seeking two components with suitable crystal lattice mismatch, most of the current 2D heterostructures are vertical heterostructures and the exploration of 2D lateral heterostructures is scarce and limited. Here, lateral epitaxial heterostructures of BiOCl @ Bi2O3 at the atomic level are fabricated via sonicating-assisted etching of Cl in BiOCl. This unique lateral heterostructure expedites photoexcited charge separation and transportation through the internal electric field induced by chemical bonding at the lateral interface. As a result, the lateral BiOCl @ Bi2O3 heterostructure demonstrates superior CO2 photoreduction properties with a CO yield rate of about 30 µmol g−1 h−1 under visible light illumination. The strategy to fabricate lateral epitaxial heterostructures in this work is expected to provide inspiration for preparing other 2D lateral heterostructures used in optoelectronic devices, energy conversion, and storage fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2004311
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • 2D materials
  • charge separation
  • CO photoreduction
  • lateral heterostructures

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