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Enhancing the visible light photocatalytic performance of ternary CdS–(graphene–Pd) nanocomposites via a facile interfacial mediator and co-catalyst strategy

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By embedding noble metal palladium (Pd) into the interfacial layer matrix of graphene (GR) and semiconductor CdS, we have successfully constructed ternary CdS–(GR–Pd) nanocomposites with intimate interfacial contact. The CdS–(GR–Pd) nanocomposites show remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activity toward selective redox reactions under visible light irradiation as compared to blank-CdS and the optimum binary CdS–GR. It is revealed that the photocatalytic performance enhancement of CdS–(GR–Pd) is ascribed to the optimized spatial charge carrier transfer across the interface resulting from the introduction of Pd nanoparticles as mediators into the interfacial layer between GR and CdS. One role of Pd is to serve as electron reservoir to directly trap photogenerated electrons from CdS and the other role is as interfacial mediator to promote electron relay in the ternary CdS–(GR–Pd) photocatalysts along with conductive graphene as dual co-catalysts. Moreover, the negative light “shielding effect” of GR can be partially counterbalanced through such a facile strategy. This work substantiates the feasibility of adopting the “interfacial-mediator” strategy to optimize the interfacial charge carriers transfer pathway and efficiency for improved photoactivity of GR–semiconductor nanocomposites toward target photoredox reactions.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing the visible light photocatalytic performance of ternary CdS–(graphene–Pd) nanocomposites via a facile interfacial mediator and co-catalyst strategy

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The article was received on 12 Aug 2014, accepted on 26 Aug 2014 and first published on 27 Aug 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TA04151H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014,2, 19156-19166
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    Enhancing the visible light photocatalytic performance of ternary CdS–(graphene–Pd) nanocomposites via a facile interfacial mediator and co-catalyst strategy

    C. Han, M. Yang, N. Zhang and Y. Xu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 19156
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TA04151H

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