MoC/MAPbI3 hybrid composites for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution†
Metal halide perovskites, such as iodine methylamine lead (MAPbI3), have received extensive attention in the field of photocatalytic decomposition of HI for hydrogen evolution, due to their excellent photoelectric properties. In this paper, a new MAPbI3-based composite, MoC/MAPbI3, was synthesized. The results show that 15 wt% MoC/MAPbI3 has the best hydrogen production performance (38.4 μmol h−1), which is approximately 24-times that of pure MAPbI3 (1.61 μmol h−1). With the extension of the catalytic time, the hydrogen production rate of MoC/MAPbI3 reached 165.3 μmol h−1 after 16 h due to the effective separation and transfer of charge carriers between MoC and MAPbI3, showing excellent hydrogen evolution rate performance under visible light. In addition, the cycling stability of MoC/MAPbI3 did not decrease in multiple 4 h cycle tests. This study used the non-precious metal promoter MoC to modify MAPbI3, and provides a new idea for the synthesis of efficient MAPbI3-based composite catalysts.