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Highly efficient near-infrared light photocatalytic hydrogen evolution over MoS2 supported Ta2O5 combined with an up-conversion luminescence agent (β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 nanocomposite)

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Here, an effective infrared-ultraviolet up-conversion luminescence agent (β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4) is synthesized by a hydrothermal method and the corresponding photocatalyst (β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5) is successfully prepared. The compositions and morphologies of the prepared β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4, MoS2–Ta2O5 and β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 are all characterized by XRD, SEM, EDX, and FT-IR techniques. The photocatalytic activity of β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 is examined through the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution from an aqueous methanol solution under near-infrared light irradiation. In addition, the influence of factors such as the mass ratio of β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4 and MoS2–Ta2O5, the heat-treatment temperature, and the initial pH value of the solution on the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity of β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 is also studied. The results show that the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity of Ta2O5 can be greatly enhanced by adding the up-conversion luminescence agent (β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4) and co-catalyst (MoS2). Furthermore, the β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 catalyst with a 40 : 100 mass ratio which was heat-treated at 450 °C for 60 min in an aqueous methanol solution at initial pH = 6.0 displays the highest photocatalytic activity under near-infrared light irradiation.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient near-infrared light photocatalytic hydrogen evolution over MoS2 supported Ta2O5 combined with an up-conversion luminescence agent (β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 nanocomposite)

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The article was received on 17 Dec 2017, accepted on 07 Mar 2018 and first published on 13 Mar 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04993E
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 6134-6143
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    Highly efficient near-infrared light photocatalytic hydrogen evolution over MoS2 supported Ta2O5 combined with an up-conversion luminescence agent (β-Tm3+,Yb3+:NaYF4/MoS2–Ta2O5 nanocomposite)

    X. Shu, C. Zhao, X. Zhang, X. Liu, Z. Xing, D. Fang, J. Wang and Y. Song, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 6134
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04993E

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