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A unique Z-scheme 2D/2D nanosheet heterojunction design to harness charge transfer for photocatalysis

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Abstract

Heterojunction photocatalysts could provide a potential strategy to solve the serious energy and environmental crises. However, the required heterojunction photocatalyts with high charge-separation efficiency and strong redox ability, which have unique dimensionality-dependent integrative and synergic effects, are intriguing but still underdeveloped. Here, for the first time, we design and fabricate 2D/2D heterojunctions between carbon nitride nanosheets and oxygen-vacancies confined in bismuth titanate mesoporous nanosheets. Especially, selective pollutant transformation of rhodamine B and 4-chlorophenol solutions under visible-light irradiation has been conducted by the use of 2D/2D heterojunction photocatalysts. Based on the steady-state and transient photoluminescence spectra and electron spin resonance technology, the Z-scheme energy-transfer mechanism is identified and the photogenerated charge carriers in the 2D/2D heterojunctions display a prolonged lifetime and higher separation compared to those in carbon nitride and bismuth titanate alone. This work will shed light on the rational design of more complex 2D/2D heterojunctions with accompanying applications in solar energy conversion and environmental remediation fields.

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The article was received on 13 Mar 2015, accepted on 14 Apr 2015 and first published on 15 Apr 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5TA01864A
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J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 11006-11013

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    A unique Z-scheme 2D/2D nanosheet heterojunction design to harness charge transfer for photocatalysis

    H. Cheng, J. Hou, O. Takeda, X. Guo and H. Zhu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 11006
    DOI: 10.1039/C5TA01864A

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