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Atomically Thin Mesoporous Nanomesh of Graphitic C3N4 for High-Efficiency Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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posted on 14.01.2016, 00:00 by Qing Han, Bing Wang, Jian Gao, Zhihua Cheng, Yang Zhao, Zhipan Zhang, Liangti Qu
Delamination of layer materials into two-dimensional single-atom sheets has induced exceptional physical properties, including large surface area, ultrahigh intrinsic carrier mobility, pronounced changes in the energy band structure, and other properties. Here, atomically thin mesoporous nanomesh of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) is fabricated by solvothermal exfoliation of mesoporous g-C3N4 bulk made from thermal polymerization of freeze-drying assembled Dicyandiamide nanostructure precursor. With the unique structural advantages for aligned energy levels, electron transfer, light harvesting, and the richly available reaction sites, the as-prepared monolayer of mesoporous g-C3N4 nanomesh exhibits a superior photocatalytic hydrogen evolution rate of 8510 μmol h–1 g–1 under λ > 420 nm and an apparent quantum efficiency of 5.1% at 420 nm, the highest of all the metal-free g-C3N4 nanosheets photocatalysts.