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A Janus MoSSe monolayer: a potential wide solar-spectrum water-splitting photocatalyst with a low carrier recombination rate

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Abstract

For realizing efficient solar to hydrogen energy conversion based on photocatalytic technology, it is important to explore a photocatalyst with wide-range solar absorption and high electron–hole separation efficiency. With a built-in electric field, the recently synthesized Janus MoSSe is intrinsically beneficial for promoting the separation of photo-generated electrons and holes. Thus in this work, we examine the possibility of MoSSe as an efficient water-splitting photocatalyst and the effects of isotropic and uniaxial strains by the first-principles calculations. It is interesting to find that MoSSe exhibits pronounced visible-light absorption efficiency, proper valence and conduction band positions for initializing the redox reactions of H2O, and high carrier mobilities. Moreover, the band gap of MoSSe is decreased and the direct–indirect band gap transition occurs upon tensile strain, which can not only extend the light absorption range, but also reduce the recombination of photo-generated carriers. Furthermore, H2O molecules adsorb more strongly on the MoSSe monolayer surface than on the MoS2 surface, which is also beneficial for the surface water-splitting reactions. These insights provide eloquent evidence that the Janus MoSSe monolayer is potentially an efficient and wide solar-spectrum water-splitting photocatalyst.

Graphical abstract: A Janus MoSSe monolayer: a potential wide solar-spectrum water-splitting photocatalyst with a low carrier recombination rate

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The article was received on 14 Nov 2017, accepted on 03 Jan 2018 and first published on 03 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA10015A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 2295-2301
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    A Janus MoSSe monolayer: a potential wide solar-spectrum water-splitting photocatalyst with a low carrier recombination rate

    X. Ma, X. Wu, H. Wang and Y. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 2295
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA10015A

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