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Graphene oxide as a chemically tunable 2-D material for visible-light photocatalyst applications
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Catalysis, ISSN 0021-9517, E-ISSN 1090-2694, Vol. 299, 204-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To elucidate the usage of graphene oxide (GO) as a photocatalysis material, we have studied the effect of epoxy and hydroxyl functionalization on the electronic structure, work function, CBM/VBM position, and optical absorption spectra of GO using density functional theory calculations. By varying the coverage and relative ratio of the surface epoxy (-O-) and hydroxyl (-OH) groups, both band gap and work function of the GO materials can be tuned to meet the requirement of photocatalyst. Interestingly, the electronic structures of GO materials with 40-50% (33-67%) coverage and OH:O ratio of 2:1(1:1) are suitable for both reduction and oxidation reactions for water splitting. Among of these systems, the GO composition with 50% coverage and OH:O (1:1) ratio can be very promising materials for visible-light-driven photocatalyst. Our results not only explain the recent experimental observations about 2-D graphene oxide as promising visible-light-driven photocatalyst materials but can also be very helpful in designing the optimal composition for higher performance.

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2013. Vol. 299, 204-209 p.
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Ab initio calculation, Photolysis, Energy conversion, Renewable resource, Water splitting
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198930DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2012.12.022ISI: 000316774900021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198930DiVA: diva2:618607
Available from: 2013-04-29 Created: 2013-04-29 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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