Water Science and Engineering 2020, 13(4) 299-306 DOI:   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wse.2020.12.005  ISSN: 1674-2370 CN: 32-1785/TV

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Graphitic carbon nitride
Oxygen evolution reaction
Water splitting

Highly efficient tandem Z-scheme heterojunctions for visible light-based photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction

Yi Lu a Xing-kai Cui b, Cheng-xiao Zhao a , Xiao-fei Yang a, b,*

a College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
b School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China


Oxygen is important in maintaining a clean and reliable water environment. Designing heterojunction photocatalysts that can evolve oxygen from water splitting through an artificial Z-scheme pathway is a promising strategy for solving environmental problems. In this study, flower-like MoS2 nanostructures were fabricated via a simple hydrothermal process, and the electrostatic-based assembly ion-exchange method was used to construct a tandem Ag3PO4/MoS2/g-C3N4 (AMC) heterojunction. The as-synthesized photocatalyst exhibited significant improvements in harvesting visible light and transporting charge carriers. Moreover, the catalyst similar to the Z-scheme with intimate interface contact exhibited high oxygen evolution performance. The oxygen evolution activity of the optimal AMC-10 catalyst was approximately 11 times that of the pristine Ag3PO4. The results indicated that addition of a small amount of the flower-like MoS2 could significantly enhance the efficiency of oxygen evolution by the heterojunction. The findings in this study provide an alternative pathway for rationally designing efficient oxygen-evolving photocatalysts to improve the quality of water and rehabilitate the water environment.

Keywords Z-scheme   Graphitic carbon nitride   MoS2   Ag3PO4   Oxygen evolution reaction   Water splitting  
Received 2020-09-03 Revised 2020-11-12 Online: 2020-12-30 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wse.2020.12.005

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21975129) and the Start-up Fund from Nanjing Forestry University.

Corresponding Authors: Xiao-fei Yang
Email: xiaofei.yang@njfu.edu.cn
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