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Diethylenetriamine-Functionalized CdS Nanoparticles Decorated on Cu2S Snowflake Microparticles for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production

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posted on 12.11.2020, 16:06 authored by Xudong Li, Kai Dai, Chengsi Pan, Jinfeng Zhang
Constructing a cocatalyst-free semiconductor catalyst with high catalytic efficiency has great significance to photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) production. Herein, by incorporating diethylenetriamine (DETA) into inorganic materials (CdS), an organic–inorganic hybrid, CdS-DETA (CD), and a snowflake-like Cu2S p–n heterojunction were designed by the hydrothermal synthesis method. The photocatalytic H2 generation rate of Cu2S/CD (CU/CD) can reach 9.00 mmol·g–1·h–1, which is 1.25, 5.03, and 6.12 times higher than that of H2 produced by Pt/CD, CD, and CdS nanorods (CdS NRs), respectively. Under the action of the organic molecule DETA, the photocorrosion of CdS is effectively inhibited. The Cu2S snowflakes and the organic–inorganic hybrid CD tight-contact interface and the p–n heterojunction improve the charge separation efficiency in the composite and enhance the photocatalytic activity. This work designed a type of photocatalyst heterojunction to provide an effective strategy for turning solar energy into a green and clean energy.