The search for new environment-friendly visible-light absorbing catalysts is an urgent task. g-C3N4 has excellent photocatalytic properties and the possibility of developing cost-effective routes to make this material a viable alternative to the currently used catalysts is required. In this work, we show that a simple chemical oxidation process of g-C3N4 with nitric acid allowed significantly enhancing the hydrogen photogeneration from aqueous triethanolamine, under simulated solar light. An 8-fold improvement of the H2 production, with respect to the pristine sample, was achieved by properly controlling the physical-chemical parameters of the oxidation process, reaching a value of about 4000 μmol g-1 h-1, which is one of the highest hydrogen production rates for bulk g-C3N4. Such high levels of photocatalytic activity result from the combination of improved surface area and changes in the electronic structure induced by the oxidation process.

Enhanced hydrogen photogeneration by bulk g-C3N4 through a simple and efficient oxidation route

Pisanu, Ambra;Speltini, Andrea;Vigani, Barbara;Ferrari, Franca;MANNINI, MATTEO;Quadrelli, Paolo;Profumo, Antonella;Malavasi, Lorenzo
2018

Abstract

The search for new environment-friendly visible-light absorbing catalysts is an urgent task. g-C3N4 has excellent photocatalytic properties and the possibility of developing cost-effective routes to make this material a viable alternative to the currently used catalysts is required. In this work, we show that a simple chemical oxidation process of g-C3N4 with nitric acid allowed significantly enhancing the hydrogen photogeneration from aqueous triethanolamine, under simulated solar light. An 8-fold improvement of the H2 production, with respect to the pristine sample, was achieved by properly controlling the physical-chemical parameters of the oxidation process, reaching a value of about 4000 μmol g-1 h-1, which is one of the highest hydrogen production rates for bulk g-C3N4. Such high levels of photocatalytic activity result from the combination of improved surface area and changes in the electronic structure induced by the oxidation process.
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