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Journal Article


Nanoscale, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Volume 5, p.1479-1482 (2013)



We reported herein a facile and scalable preparation process for MoS2-decorated ZnxCd1-xS hybrid photocatalysts for hydrogen generation. ZnxCd1-xS nanopowder was first prepared from commercially available precursors employing a solution based process. MoS2 hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst was then loaded onto the ZnxCd1-xS nanopowder via a photo-assisted deposition process which employed mild conditions (room temperature{,} atmospheric pressure and visible light illumination). Thus{,} this process represents an important advantage in the large scale production of semiconductor/MoS2 hybrid photocatalysts in comparison to the conventional method relying on thermal decomposition of (NH4)2[MoS4] precursor at high temperature and under H2S pressure. The best Zn0.2Cd0.8S/MoS2 3% showed two hundred-and-ten times (210 times) faster hydrogen generation rate on visible light illumination compared with that obtained for un-treated Zn0.2Cd0.8S. That was the most impressive catalytic enhancement ever recorded for a semiconductor photocatalyst decorated with a noble metal free electrocatalyst.

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M. Nguyen, Tran, P. D., Pramana, S. S., Lee, R. Lin, Batabyal Sudip Kumar, Mathews, N., Wong, L. H., and Graetzel, M., “In situ photo-assisted deposition of MoS 2 electrocatalyst onto zinc cadmium sulphide nanoparticle surfaces to construct an efficient photocatalyst for hydrogen generation”, Nanoscale, vol. 5, pp. 1479-1482, 2013.