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Design of inorganic hybrid structures for photocatalytic energy conversion (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Yujie Xiong

Paper Abstract

Mastery over the surface of a nanocrystal enables control of its properties in molecular adsorption and activation, and enhances its usefulness for catalytic applications. On the other hand, hybrid systems based on semiconductors and noble metals may exhibit improved performance in photocatalysis such as water splitting, mainly determined by the efficiency in generating carriers. In the systems, perfect interface is certainly the key to efficient carrier separation and transport. Taken together, the surface and interface modulation holds the key to materials design for photocatalytic applications. Here, we will demonstrate several different approaches to designing nanocrystal-based systems with improved photocatalytic performance. For instance, a semiconductor-metal-graphene design has been implemented to efficiently extract photoexcited electrons through the graphene nanosheets, separating electron-hole pairs. Ultrafast spectroscopy characterizations exclusively demonstrate that the charge recombination occurring at interfacial defects can be substantially avoided, enabling superior efficiency in water splitting. It is anticipated that this series of works open a new window to rationally designing hybrid systems for photo-induced applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9560, Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology X, 95600Z (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180038
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Yujie Xiong, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9560:
Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology X
Shaohua Shen, Editor(s)

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