MoS2 microspheres/MOF-derived In2S3 heterostructures with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

Abstract

MoS2 microspheres/MOF-derived In2S3 heterostructures were fabricated through a two-step temperature-raising hydrothermal method. MOF-derived In2S3 porous structures were synthesized via a sulfidation process of MIL-68(In) precursor, and then MoS2 microspheres further in situ grew on the surface of In2S3 porous structures at the increased temperature. The as-obtained samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, UV-Vis DRS, and PL. Compared with pure In2S3, MoS2/In2S3 heterostructures exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity towards methyl orange degradation under visible light irradiation, which should be attributed to the stronger visible light absorption as well as the effective separation of photo-generated electrons and holes.

Highlights

  • MIL-68(In) is used as the morphological template and the indium precursor.

  • One-pot synthesis involving a two-step temperature-raising hydrothermal process.

  • Strong visible light absorption and effective separation of photo-generated carries.

  • MoS2/In2S3 heterostructures exhibit excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21767009). WDY also gratefully acknowledges the support from China Scholarship Council.

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Wu, D., Wu, C. MoS2 microspheres/MOF-derived In2S3 heterostructures with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol 94, 251–256 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10971-020-05232-z

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Keywords

  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Semiconductors
  • Microstructure
  • Visible light
  • Photocatalysis