Remarkably Enhanced Hydrogen Generation of Organolead Halide Perovskites via Piezocatalysis and Photocatalysis

Mengye Wang, Yunpeng Zuo, Jingli Wang, Yi Wang, Xinpeng Shen, Bocheng Qiu, Lejuan Cai, Feichi Zhou, Shu Ping Lau, Yang Chai

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

137 Citations (Scopus)


To alleviate photoinduced charge recombination in semiconducting nanomaterials represents an important endeavor toward high-efficiency photocatalysis. Here a judicious integration of piezoelectric and photocatalytic properties of organolead halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) to enable a piezophotocatalytic activity under simultaneous ultrasonication and visible light illumination for markedly enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen generation of MAPbI3 is reported. The conduction band minimum of MAPbI3 is higher than hydrogen generation potential (0.046 V vs normal hydrogen electrode), thereby rendering efficient hydrogen evolution. In addition, the noncentrosymmetric crystal structure of MAPbI3 enables its piezoelectric properties. Thus, MAPbI3 readily responds to external mechanical force, creating a built-in electric field for collective piezophotocatalysis as a result of effective separation of photogenerated charge carriers. The experimental results show that MAPbI3 powders exhibit superior piezophotocatalytic hydrogen generation rate (23.30 µmol h−1) in hydroiodic acid (HI) solution upon concurrent light and mechanical stimulations, much higher than that of piezocatalytic (i.e., 2.21 µmol h−1) and photocatalytic (i.e., 3.42 µmol h−1) hydrogen evolution rate as well as their sum (i.e., 5.63 µmol h−1). The piezophotocatalytic strategy provides a new way to control the recombination of photoinduced charge carriers by cooperatively capitalizing on piezocatalysis and photocatalysis of organolead halide perovskites to yield highly efficient piezophotocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1901801
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • CHNHPbI perovskite
  • hydrogen generation
  • piezoelectrics
  • piezophotocatalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Remarkably Enhanced Hydrogen Generation of Organolead Halide Perovskites via Piezocatalysis and Photocatalysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this