Synthesis of Large Surface-Area g-C3N4 Comodified with MnOx and Au-TiO2 as Efficient Visible-Light Photocatalysts for Fuel Production

Fazal Raziq, Liqun Sun, Yuying Wang, Xuliang Zhang, Muhammad Humayun, Sharafat Ali, Linlu Bai, Yang Qu, Haitao Yu, Liqiang Jing

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Abstract

Herein, this study successfully fabricates porous g-C3N4-based nanocomposites by decorating sheet-like nanostructured MnOx and subsequently coupling Au-modified nanocrystalline TiO2. It is clearly demonstrated that the as-prepared amount-optimized nanocomposite exhibits exceptional visible-light photocatalytic activities for CO2 conversion to CH4 and for H2 evolution, respectively by ≈28-time (140 µmol g−1 h−1) and ≈31-time (313 µmol g−1 h−1) enhancement compared to the widely accepted outstanding g-C3N4 prepared with urea as the raw material, along with the calculated quantum efficiencies of ≈4.92% and 2.78% at 420 nm wavelength. It is confirmed mainly based on the steady-state surface photovoltage spectra, transient-state surface photovoltage responses, fluorescence spectra related to the produced •OH amount, and electrochemical reduction curves that the exceptional photoactivities are comprehensively attributed to the large surface area (85.5 m2 g−1) due to the porous structure, to the greatly enhanced charge separation and to the introduced catalytic functions to the carrier-related redox reactions by decorating MnOx and coupling Au-TiO2, respectively, to modulate holes and electrons. Moreover, it is suggested mainly based on the photocatalytic experiments of CO2 reduction with isotope 13CO2 and D2O that the produced •CO2 and •H as active radicals would be dominant to initiate the conversion of CO2 to CH4.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science

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