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Novel CdS nanorods/g-C3N4 nanosheets 1-D/2-D hybrid architectures: an in situ growth route and excellent visible light photoelectrochemical performances

  • Zesheng LiEmail author
  • Zhisen Liu
  • Bolin Li
  • Dehao Li
  • Chunyu Ge
  • Yueping FangEmail author
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Abstract

An efficient “in situ growth” strategy was exploited to create the g-C3N4 nanosheets (NSs) and CdS nanorods (NRs) 1-D/2-D hybrid architectures, i.e. CdS NRs/g-C3N4 NSs nanocomposites, from cadmium-containing carbon nitride nanosheets (Cd/g-C3N4) compounds. The novel polymer/semiconductor hybrid material demonstrates very high photoelectrochemical response under visible light irradiation. The CdS NRs/g-C3N4 NSs electrode displays the largest photocurrent (about 100 μA/cm2), which is about 30 times compared with that of pristine g-C3N4 electrode (about 3.5 μA/cm2). The maximum incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) value is up to 27 % for CdS NRs/g-C3N4 NSs electrode, which is much higher than that of pristine g-C3N4 electrode (1.2 %). The elevated photoelectrochemical performances are originated from the direct physical and electronic contact between the interfaces of the two semiconductor nanomaterials.

Keywords

Carbon Nitride Hybrid Architecture Graphitic Carbon Nitride Photoelectrochemical Performance Stable Compatibility 
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Acknowledgments

This research was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (21443006) and Provincial Science Foundation of Guangdong (2014A030310179).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Development Center of Technology for Petrochemical Pollution Control and Cleaner Production of Guangdong Universitites, College of Chemical EngineeringGuangdong University of Petrochemical TechnologyMaomingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Biomaterial, College of ScienceSouth China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhouChina

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