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Design of three-dimensional hierarchical TiO2/SrTiO3 heterostructures towards selective CO2 photoreduction

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Abstract

Highly selective photocatalytic CO2 reduction into CO and methane (CH4) by water vapor is achieved on elaborately designed hollow sphere-based TiO2/SrTiO3 heterostructures. The synthesized three-dimensional hierarchical hollow multi-shelled TiO2/SrTiO3 spheres (HoMSs-TS) are an assembly of well-organized shells composed of interconnected anatase TiO2 and perovskite SrTiO3 nanoparticles (NPs) with an average size of ∼22 nm for each NP. The heterojunctions between TiO2 and SrTiO3 provide synergistic enhancement of the charge transfer and separation process, which is critically important in the selective photocatalytic CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR). Moreover, this hierarchical structure features multiple porous subunits, which not only serve to maximize light utilization, but also facilitate mass transport during the photocatalytic process. These advantages empower the HoMSs-TS to effectively suppress hydrogen evolution and ease the selective production of 465 and 4.6 μmol g−1 of CO and CH4, respectively, over the course of a 24 h reaction.

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The article was received on 29 Mar 2019, accepted on 03 May 2019 and first published on 07 May 2019


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9QI00350A
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article

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    Design of three-dimensional hierarchical TiO2/SrTiO3 heterostructures towards selective CO2 photoreduction

    S. Jiang, K. Zhao, M. Al-Mamun, Y. L. Zhong, P. Liu, H. Yin, L. Jiang, S. Lowe, J. Qi, R. Yu, D. Wang and H. Zhao, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9QI00350A

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