Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol.307, 311-318, 2017
Ni2P loading on Cd0.5Zn0.5S solid solution for exceptional photocatalytic nitrogen fixation under visible light
In this paper, transition metal phosphide (TMP) was used as cocatalyst to enhance the photocatalytic activity of Cd0.5Zn0.5S solid solution for nitrogen fixation under visible light irradiation. The Ni2P/Cd0.5Zn0.5S photocatalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic data showed that Ni2P/Cd0.5Zn0.5S had higher activity than pure Cd0.5Zn0.5S for photocatalytic dinitrogen (N-2) fixation in the absence of any scavengers. After 1 h visible light irradiation (lambda > 400 nm), the concentration of NH3 reached to 101.5 mu mol L-1. And the quantum efficiency at 420 nm monochromatic light reached 4.32%, which much higher than other semiconductors. Time -resolved PL spectra, photocurrent and electrochemical impedance (EIS) spectroscopy revealed that higher photo -induced carrier separation efficiency of Ni2P/Cd0.5Zn0.5S. This work introduced Cd0.5Zn0.5S solid solution photocatalyst to reduce nitrogen, and offered a greenly, economically and efficiently way for nitrogen fixation. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.