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One-step synthesis of highly efficient three-dimensional Cd1-x Zn x S photocatalysts for visible light photocatalytic water splitting

Zuzhou Xiong1, Maojun Zheng1*, Changqing Zhu1, Bin Zhang1, Li Ma2 and Wenzhong Shen1

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1 Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China

2 School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:334  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-334

Published: 24 July 2013


Visible light accounts for about 43% of the solar spectrum, and developing highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst is of special significance. In this work, highly efficient three-dimensional (3D) Cd1−xZnxS photocatalysts for hydrogen generation under the irradiation of visible light were synthesized via one-step solvothermal pathway. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer, and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer were utilized to characterize the morphology, crystal structure, vibrational states, and surface composition of the obtained 3D Cd1−xZnxS. UV-Vis spectra indicated that the as-synthesized Cd1−xZnxS had appropriate bandgap and position of the conduction band that is beneficial for visible light absorption and photo-generated electron-hole pair separation. Moreover, the 3D structure offers a larger surface area thus supplying more surface reaction sites and better charge transport environment, and therefore, the efficiency of water splitting was improved further.

Visible light photocatalytic; Water splitting; Cd1−xZnxS; Solvothermal pathway; Solid solutions