Efficient H-2 production over Au/graphene/TiO2 induced by surface plasmon resonance of Au and band-gap excitation of TiO2
H-2 production over Au/Gr/TiO2 composite photocatalyst induced by surface plasmon resonance of Au and band-gap excitation of TiO2 using graphene (Gr) as an electron acceptor has been investigated. Electron paramagnetic resonance study indicated that, in this composite, Gr collected electrons not only from Au with surface plasmon resonance but also from TiO2 with band-gap excitation. Surface photovoltage and UV-vis absorption measurements revealed that compared with Au/TiO2, Au/Gr/TiO2 displayed more effective photogenerated charge separation and higher optical absorption. Benefiting from these advantages, the H-2 production rate of Au/Gr/TiO2 composite with Gr content of 1.0 wt% and Au content of 2.0 wt% was about 2 times as high as that of Au/TiO2. This work represents an important step toward the efficient application of both surface plasmon resonance and band-gap excitation on the way to converting solar light into chemical energy. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Materials Research Bulletin
National Basic Research Program of China [2011CB936002]; National Natural Science Foundation of China [NSFC-JST 21261140334]; Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University [IRT_13R05]