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Design of High-Efficiency Visible-Light Photocatalysts for Water Splitting: MoS2/AlN(GaN) Heterostructures
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
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2014 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 118, no 31, 17594-17599 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Hydrogen fuel produced from water splitting using solar energy and a catalyst is a clean and renewable future energy source. Great efforts in searching for photocatalysts that are highly efficient, inexpensive, and capable of harvesting sunlight have been made for the last decade, which, however, have not yet been achieved in a single material system so far. Here, we predict that MoS2/AlN(GaN) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are sufficiently efficient photocatalysts for water splitting under visible-light irradiation based on ab initio calculations. Contrary to other investigated photocatalysts, MoS2/AlN(GaN) vdW heterostructures can separately produce hydrogen and oxygen at the opposite surfaces, where the photoexcited electrons transfer from AlN(GaN) to MoS2 during the photocatalysis process. Meanwhile, these vdW heterostructures exhibit significantly improved photocatalytic properties under visible-light irradiation by the calculated optical absorption spectra. Our findings pave a new way to facilitate the design of photocatalysts for water splitting.

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2014. Vol. 118, no 31, 17594-17599 p.
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Chemical Sciences Nano Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232006DOI: 10.1021/jp5038014ISI: 000340222300047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232006DiVA: diva2:746863
Available from: 2014-09-15 Created: 2014-09-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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