Ultrathin two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor nanosheets decorated with single atomic species (SAs) have recently attracted increasing attention due to their abundant surface-exposed reactive sites and maximum SAs binding capabilities thus lowering the catalyst cost, without sacrificing high performance for photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) production from water. Here, we present a strategy to prepare titanium dioxide-bronze nanosheets (TiO2-BNS) and H2-reduced TiO2 nanosheets (TiO2- HRNS) synthesized, characterized, and applied for photocatalytic H2 production. Surprisingly, black TiO2-HRNS show complete photo inactivity, while the TiO2-BNS-Pt0.05 nanohybrid shows excellent H2 production rate with a very low loading of 0.05 wt % Pt. TiO2-BNS-Pt0.05 presents around 10 and 99 times higher photocatalytic rate than pristine TiO2-BNS under solar and 365 nm UV-LED light irradiation, respectively. Due to the 2D morphology and the presence of abundant coordinating sites, the successful formation of widely dispersed Pt SAs was achieved. Most excitingly, the in situ formation of surface-exposed defect sites (Ti3+) was observed for TiO2-BNS under light illumination, suggesting their significant role in enhancing the H2 production rate. This self-activation and amplification behavior of TiO2-BNS can be extended to other 2D systems and applied to other photocatalytic reactions, thus providing a facile approach for fully utilizing noble metal catalysts via the successful formation of SAs.

Light-Induced Defect Formation and Pt Single Atoms Synergistically Boost Photocatalytic H2 Production in 2D TiO2-Bronze Nanosheets ?

Fornasiero, P;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Ultrathin two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor nanosheets decorated with single atomic species (SAs) have recently attracted increasing attention due to their abundant surface-exposed reactive sites and maximum SAs binding capabilities thus lowering the catalyst cost, without sacrificing high performance for photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) production from water. Here, we present a strategy to prepare titanium dioxide-bronze nanosheets (TiO2-BNS) and H2-reduced TiO2 nanosheets (TiO2- HRNS) synthesized, characterized, and applied for photocatalytic H2 production. Surprisingly, black TiO2-HRNS show complete photo inactivity, while the TiO2-BNS-Pt0.05 nanohybrid shows excellent H2 production rate with a very low loading of 0.05 wt % Pt. TiO2-BNS-Pt0.05 presents around 10 and 99 times higher photocatalytic rate than pristine TiO2-BNS under solar and 365 nm UV-LED light irradiation, respectively. Due to the 2D morphology and the presence of abundant coordinating sites, the successful formation of widely dispersed Pt SAs was achieved. Most excitingly, the in situ formation of surface-exposed defect sites (Ti3+) was observed for TiO2-BNS under light illumination, suggesting their significant role in enhancing the H2 production rate. This self-activation and amplification behavior of TiO2-BNS can be extended to other 2D systems and applied to other photocatalytic reactions, thus providing a facile approach for fully utilizing noble metal catalysts via the successful formation of SAs.
2022
15-dic-2022
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