Catalysis Letters

, Volume 149, Issue 1, pp 19–24 | Cite as

Nanoporous FeVO4 Photoanodes Modified with Ultrathin C3N4 for High Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Performance

  • Yaping Li
  • Guoxia Liu
  • Dongmei Jia
  • Changhai Li
  • Li Wang
  • Jingjing ZhengEmail author
  • Xuewen LiuEmail author
  • Zhengbo Jiao


Great efforts have been paid to improve the photoelectrochemical performances of FeVO4 semiconductors. However, there have rarely been reported about the modifying of FeVO4 with metal-free co-catalyst for enhanced photoelectrochemical activities. Herein, we demonstrate a facile and effective immersion method for coupling ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets with nanoporous FeVO4 photoelectrodes. The FeVO4/g-C3N4 heterostructures demonstrate more than twice higher photocurrent density than pure nanoporous FeVO4 photoelectrodes, which should be attributed to the metal-free co-catalyst of ultrathin g-C3N4. It is believed that the ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets can effectively trap the photo excited holes and facilitates the charge separation efficiency and thus significantly improve the photoelectrochemical performances of FeVO4.

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Heterostructures Ultrathin FeVO4 g-C3N4 Photoelectrochemical 



This work was supported by Key research and development Plan Project of Shandong Province (2015GGX104012; 2017GGX80104), A Project of Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program (J17KB001) and Shandong Province National Natural Science Foundation (ZR2014EL010).

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The authors declare no competing financial interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaping Li
    • 1
  • Guoxia Liu
    • 1
  • Dongmei Jia
    • 1
  • Changhai Li
    • 2
  • Li Wang
    • 1
  • Jingjing Zheng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xuewen Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhengbo Jiao
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and SafetyBinzhou UniversityBinzhouChina
  2. 2.Engineering Research Center for Wastewater Resource of Shandong ProvinceBinzhouChina
  3. 3.Institute of Materials for Energy and EnvironmentQingdao UniversityQingdaoChina

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