Highly Efficient Temperature-Induced Visible Light Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production from Water
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Intensive effort has led to numerous breakthroughs for photoprocesses. So far, however, energy conversion efficiency for the visible-light photocatalytic splitting of water is still very low. In this paper, we demonstrate (1) surface-diffuse-reflected-light can be 2 orders of magnitude more efficient than incident light for photocatalysis, (2) the inefficiency of absorbed visible light for the photocatalytic H2 production from water with a sacrificial agent is due to its kinetic limitation, and (3) the dispersion of black Pt/TiO2 catalyst on the light-diffuse-reflection-surface of a SiO2 substrate provides a possibility for exploiting a temperature higher than H2O boiling point to overcome the kinetic limitation of visible light photocatalytic hydrogen production. Those findings create a novel temperature-induced visible light photocatalytic H2 production from water steam with a sacrificial agent, which exhibits a high photohydrogen yield of 497 mmol/h/gcat with a large apparent quantum efficiency (QE) of 65.7% for entire visible light range at 280 °C. The QE and yield are one and 2 orders of magnitude larger than most reported results, respectively.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Highly Efficient Temperature-Induced Visible Light Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production from Water.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C,
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