Charge carriers separation and surface catalytic reactions are two crucial steps in photocatalytic processes; the rational design of photocatalysts by taking these two factors into consideration is thus of great importance to advance the associated performance. Herein, a self-sacrificial strategy is developed to fabricate a ternary nanostructure photocatalyst, forming a hierarchical architecture of In(OH)3 nanocube decorated NiS-ZnIn2S4 (ZIS) hybrid nanosheets (ZIS/In(OH)3-NiS). Such a unique structure provides the hybrid photocatalyst with a facilitated path for efficiently separating the charge carrier and abundant sites for catalytic reactions. Systematic characterizations that reveal the strong electronic interactions in the ternary ZIS/In(OH)3-NiS leads to fast electron transfer from excited ZnIn2S4 to NiS nanosheets, which provide catalytic sites for hydrogen evolution reaction. The comprehensive photocatalysis studies demonstrate that ZnIn2S4/In(OH)3-NiS exhibits ultrahigh photocatalytic activity toward hydrogen generation with a high rate of 7010 μmol g−1h−1, which ranks as one of the highest among ZnIn2S4-based photocatalysts reported so far. This work provides an attractive and effective way to develop high-activity photocatalysts without using precious metal cocatalysts. The investigation brings us one step closer to understanding the structure-determining properties of nanohybrid architecture, and provides a valuable reference to develop cost-effective and practical photocatalysts for a variety of applications.
- H evolution
- visble light
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering