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Issue 14, 2013
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Facile synthesis of hierarchical ZnIn2S4 submicrospheres composed of ultrathin mesoporous nanosheets as a highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst for H2 production

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Abstract

Flower-like spherical ZnIn2S4 superstructures about 500 nm in diameter composed of ultrathin 2–3 nm thick mesoporous nanosheets were synthesized in several minutes by facile polyol-mediated hot-injection. Due to their higher specific surface area and constituent ultrathin mesoporous nanosheets, the hierarchical ZnIn2S4 superstructures exhibited highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalytic H2 production activity compared with the typical flower-like ZnIn2S4 microspheres prepared by the conventional hydrothermal method. Furthermore, this polyol-mediated hot-injection synthesis strategy is also applicable for the facile synthesis of other metal sulphide nanomaterials with different morphologies, such as CdS quantum dots, Bi2S3 nanorods, and hierarchical flower-like In2S3 and SnS spheres.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of hierarchical ZnIn2S4 submicrospheres composed of ultrathin mesoporous nanosheets as a highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst for H2 production

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Submitted
30 Dec 2012
Accepted
04 Feb 2013
First published
05 Feb 2013

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 4552-4558
Article type
Paper

Facile synthesis of hierarchical ZnIn2S4 submicrospheres composed of ultrathin mesoporous nanosheets as a highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst for H2 production

L. Shang, C. Zhou, T. Bian, H. Yu, L. Wu, C. Tung and T. Zhang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 4552
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA01685D

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