Cu2ZnSnS4/MoS2-Reduced Graphene Oxide Heterostructure: Nanoscale Interfacial Contact and Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation

Enna Ha, Wei Liu, Luyang Wang, Ho Wing Man, Liangsheng Hu, Shik Chi Edman Tsang, Chris Tsz Leung Chan, Wai Ming Kwok, Yoon Suk Lee, Kwok Yin Wong

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Hydrogen generation from water using noble metal-free photocatalysts presents a promising platform for renewable and sustainable energy. Copper-based chalcogenides of earth-abundant elements, especially Cu 2 ZnSnS 4 (CZTS), have recently arisen as a low-cost and environment-friendly material for photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Herein, we report a new heterostructure consisting of CZTS nanoparticles anchored onto a MoS 2 -reduced graphene oxide (rGO) hybrid. Using a facile two-step method, CZTS nanoparticles were in situ grown on the surface of MoS 2 -rGO hybrid, which generated high density of nanoscale interfacial contact between CZTS and MoS 2 -rGO hybrid. The photoexcited electrons of CZTS can be readily transported to MoS 2 through rGO backbone, reducing the electron-hole pair recombination. In photocatalytic hydrogen generation under visible light irradiation, the presence of MoS 2 -rGO hybrids enhanced the hydrogen production rate of CZTS by 320%, which can be attributed to the synergetic effect of increased charge separation by rGO and more catalytically active sites from MoS 2. Furthermore, this CZTS/MoS 2 -rGO heterostructure showed much higher photocatalytic activity than both Au and Pt nanoparticle-decorated CZTS (Au/CZTS and Pt/CZTS) photocatalysts, indicating the MoS 2 -rGO hybrid is a better co-catalyst for photocatalytic hydrogen generation than the precious metal. The CZTS/MoS 2 -rGO system also demonstrated stable photocatalytic activity for a continuous 20 h reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number39411
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2017

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