New Co(OH)2/CdS nanowires for efficient visible light photocatalytic hydrogen production

Xuan Zhou, Jian Jin, Xunjin Zhu, Jun Huang, Jiaguo Yu, Wai Yeung Wong, Wai Kwok Wong

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Through a facile impregnation synthesis, new noble-metal-free Co(OH)2/CdS nanowires (NWs) have been developed for photocatalytic hydrogen production. The loading of Co(OH)2on CdS NWs can effectively accelerate the charge separation and transfer in photocatalytic reactions, leading to an enhanced H2production rate (HPR). The optimum HPR based on Co(OH)2/CdS reaches 14.43 mmol h-1g-1under visible light (λ ≥ 420 nm) irradiation, which is 206 times higher than for the pristine CdS NWs and even 3 times higher than for 1 wt% Pt/CdS NWs as a benchmark. Impressively, core-shell structural Co(OH)2/CdS NWs formed by visible-light-induced self-assembly during the photocatalytic reaction. And the core-shell structural characteristics of the Co(OH)2/CdS NWs can effectively avoid light corrosion, leading to a stable HPR in 12 hours duration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5282-5287
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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