International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.43, No.45, 20408-20416, 2018
Cu2ZnSnS4 decorated CdS nanorods for enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production
Design and preparation of high performance photocatalysts are always the keys for photocatalytic hydrogen production by using green and unlimited solar energy. In this work, we present the synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) decorated CdS nanorods and their use for visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production. The as-synthesized CZTS decorated CdS nanorods exhibit much higher visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production performance than that of individual CdS nanorods and individual CZTS nanoparticles. Specifically, the hydrogen production rate of representative CZTS decorated CdS nanorods was 48-times and 165-times higher than that of individual CdS nanorods and individual CZTS nanoparticles. The enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production performance may be contributed by the p-n heterojunction as well as the synergistic effect between CdS nanorods and CZTS particles. The present work not only reported new low-cost and highly efficient photocatalysts for visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production, but also provided new method for the design and preparation of high performance visible-light-driven heterostructured photocatalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen production. (C) 2018 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.