Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.509, 298-306, 2018
Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic nitrogen fixation over semicrystalline graphitic carbon nitride: Oxygen and sulfur co-doping for crystal and electronic structure modulation
Oxygen and sulfur co-doped semicrystalline graphitic carbon nitride (HGCNOS) was synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal method and applied in visible-light photocatalytic nitrogen fixation. Remarkably, HGCNOS exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than pristine graphitic carbon nitride (GCN). Oxygen doping caused semicrystalline structure, making exciton dissociated at the order-disorder interfaces of HGCNOS and releasing more electrons and holes. Furthermore, the conduction band position of HGCNOS was elevated by sulfur doping, promoting the reduction ability of HGCNOS. Thus, the special electronic and physicochemical structure of HGCNOS contributed to the enhanced photocatalytic activity, facilitating its application on nitrogen photofixation. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Graphitic carbon nitride;Semicrystalline;Oxygen and sulfur co-doping;Electron structure;Visible-light photocatalytic nitrogen fixation