Catalysis Letters

, Volume 148, Issue 3, pp 933–939 | Cite as

Using Pd as a Cocatalyst on GaN–ZnO Solid Solution for Visible-Light-Driven Overall Water Splitting

  • Zheng Li
  • Fuxiang Zhang
  • Jingfeng Han
  • Jian Zhu
  • Mingrun Li
  • Bingqing Zhang
  • Wenjun Fan
  • Junling Lu
  • Can LiEmail author


Rhodium was reported to be an essential component of the efficient cocatalyst (Rh2−xCrxO3 or core/shell of Rh@Cr2O3) on GaN–ZnO for photocatalytic overall water splitting (POWS). Herein we demonstrate that the Rh can be replaced by less-expensive Pd deposited via atomic layer deposition and together with photodeposition of Cr2O3 shell, a comparable activity in POWS can be achieved even with much less Pd loading than Rh in Rh2−xCrxO3/GaN–ZnO under the same reaction conditions.

Graphical Abstract


Photocatalysis Cocatalyst Overall water splitting GaN–ZnO ALD 



This work is financially supported by 973 National Basic Research Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology (Grant No.2014CB239400), National Natural Science Foundation of China (21633010) and the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No.XDB01020300).

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The authors declared that they have no conflicts of interest to this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zheng Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fuxiang Zhang
    • 1
  • Jingfeng Han
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jian Zhu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mingrun Li
    • 1
  • Bingqing Zhang
    • 1
  • Wenjun Fan
    • 1
  • Junling Lu
    • 3
  • Can Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of SciencesDalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy, iChEMDalianChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Physics, iChEM, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, CAS Center for Excellence in NanoscienceUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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