Science Bulletin

, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 292–301 | Cite as

Ferrites boosting photocatalytic hydrogen evolution over graphitic carbon nitride: a case study of (Co, Ni)Fe2O4 modification

  • Jie Chen
  • Daming Zhao
  • Zhidan Diao
  • Miao Wang
  • Shaohua Shen
Article Materials Science


The charge carrier separation and surface catalytic redox reactions are of primary importance as elementary steps in photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. In this study, both of these two processes in photocatalytic hydrogen evolution over graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) were greatly promoted with the earth-abundant ferrites (Co, Ni)Fe2O4 modification. CoFe2O4 was further demonstrated to be a better modifier for g-C3N4 as compared to NiFe2O4, due to the more efficient charge carrier transfer as well as superior surface oxidative catalytic activity. When together loading CoFe2O4 and reductive hydrogen production electrocatalyst Pt onto g-C3N4, the obtained Pt/g-C3N4/CoFe2O4 photocatalyst achieved visible-light (λ > 420 nm) hydrogen production rate 3.5 times as high as Pt/g-C3N4, with the apparent quantum yield reaching 3.35 % at 420 nm.


Graphitic carbon nitride Ferrites Photocatalytic water splitting Solar hydrogen conversion 


光生载流子分离和表面催化反应是光催化分解水制氢过程的2个主要步骤,协同提高这两步速率必然能极大促进催化剂的制氢效率。本文以g-C3N4为研究对象,通过负载铁酸盐CoFe2O4或NiFe2O4,g-C3N4的光催化制氢性能得到大幅提高。研究结果表明,(Co, Ni)Fe2O4不仅能够有效地促进g-C3N4中的光生载流子的分离,而且能够有效地促进表面催化氧化半反应;与此同时,负载Pt作为产氢助催化剂,能促进表面催化还原产氢半反应。在光催化反应中,g-C3N4中的光生电子和空穴分别流向Pt和(Co, Ni)Fe2O4,电子在Pt上还原反应产生氢气,而空穴转移到(Co, Ni)Fe2O4上与牺牲剂反应。进一步研究结果发现,CoFe2O4对g-C3N4的载流子分离与氧化半反应催化效果均优于NiFe2O4。通过CoFe2O4和Pt共负载,Pt/g-C3N4/CoFe2O4光催化剂的催化制氢量子效率在420 nm处达到3.35 %,在可见光区(λ > 420 nm)的光催化制氢速率是未负载铁酸盐的Pt/g-C3N4的3.5倍。



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51323011 and 51236007), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-13-0455), the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province (2014KW07-02), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20141212) and the Nano Research Program of Suzhou City (ZXG201442 and ZXG2013003). Shaohua Shen was supported by the Foundation for the Author of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of China (201335), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

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All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie Chen
    • 1
  • Daming Zhao
    • 1
  • Zhidan Diao
    • 1
  • Miao Wang
    • 1
  • Shaohua Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.International Research Center for Renewable Energy, State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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