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Issue 7, 2013
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Photocatalytic water splitting under visible light utilizing I3/I and IO3/I redox mediators by Z-scheme system using surface treated PtOx/WO3 as O2 evolution photocatalyst

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Abstract

Water oxidation reactions over a surface treated PtOx/WO3 photocatalyst in the presence of IO3 or I3 ions were investigated. When the IO3 ion was used as an electron acceptor, PtOx/WO3 treated by thermal treatment using Cs2CO3 aqueous solution followed by H+-exchange-treatment (PtOx/H-Cs-WO3) showed ca. 4 times higher activity compared with PtOx/WO3 without surface treatment. The apparent quantum yield at 420 nm was 20%. Moreover, when the I3 ion was used as the electron acceptor, the activity of PtOx/WO3 was negligible, while PtOx/H-Cs-WO3 showed a high activity for water oxidation. The cesium surface treatment also had an excellent effect for the improvement of photocatalytic performance of TiO2. The activity of a water splitting reaction under visible light by the Z-scheme system that combined Pt/SrTiO3:Cr/Ta with PtOx/H-Cs-WO3 was 3 times higher than that using PtOx/WO3 as an O2 evolution photocatalyst. Moreover, owing to the contribution from both IO3 and I3 ions as redox mediators, the water splitting reaction stoichiometrically proceeded in a wider pH region (pH 2–9).

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic water splitting under visible light utilizing I3−/I− and IO3−/I− redox mediators by Z-scheme system using surface treated PtOx/WO3 as O2 evolution photocatalyst

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The article was received on 24 Jan 2013, accepted on 24 Feb 2013 and first published on 13 Mar 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00055A
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013,3, 1750-1756

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    Photocatalytic water splitting under visible light utilizing I3/I and IO3/I redox mediators by Z-scheme system using surface treated PtOx/WO3 as O2 evolution photocatalyst

    Y. Miseki, S. Fujiyoshi, T. Gunji and K. Sayama, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013, 3, 1750
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00055A

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