Fabrication of CdS-decorated mesoporous SiC hollow nanofibers for efficient visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production

  • Yangwen Liu
  • Fengmei Gao
  • Lin Wang
  • Weiyou Yang
  • Xinbo HeEmail author
  • Huilin HouEmail author


In the present work, we reported the fabrication of CdS decorated mesoporous SiC hollow nanofibers for efficient visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production. The mesoporous SiC hollow nanofibers were firstly fabricated by electrospinning, followed by hydrothermal treatment to introduce the CdS nanoparticles decorated on the preformed fiber matrix, The resultant CdS/SiC hybrid photocatalysts were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and N2 adsorption. The as-fabricated CdS/SiC hybrids exhibited a robust stability with a release rate up to ~ 124.65 µmol h−1 g−1 for photocatalytic H2 evolution driven by visible light, which was profoundly enhanced for more than 16 times to that of pristine SiC counterparts, and comparable to the state-of-the-art one of SiC-based photocatalysts.



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, Grant Nos. 51602163, 51572133, 51672137, and 51702175), Zhejiang Provincial Nature Science Foundation (Grant No. LQ17E020002), Natural Science Foundation of Ningbo Municipal Government (Grant Nos. 2016A610102, 2017A610002 and 2017A610005), Selected Foundation of Ningbo Lding and Top-notch Talents Training Project (Grant No. NBLJ201801007) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. FRF-TP-10-003B).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Materials and TechnologyUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute of MaterialsNingbo University of TechnologyNingboPeople’s Republic of China

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