Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.572, 62-73, 2020
ZnxCd1-xS nanoparticles dispersed on CoAl-layered double hydroxide in 2D heterostructure for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution
CoAl-LDH and ZnxCd1-xS (ZCS) were successfully assembled. By studying the microstructure of the catalysts, it was found that the agglomerated ZCS nanoparticles were equably dispersed on the hexagonal plate-like CoAl-LDH surface. The increase of the specific surface area of the composite catalyst further proves that the agglomeration state of ZCS nanoparticles has been improved. When the mass of the introduced CoAl-LDH is 20% of the ZCS, the maximum hydrogen production after the optimization is 1516 mu mol/5h, which is about 6.9 times that of pure ZCS. UV-vis DRS in the range of 250-800 nm proved that the visible light absorption intensity of the composite is enhanced compared to pure materials. Electrochemical and photoluminescence experiments proved that the heterostructure formed between ZCS and CoAl-LDH accelerates photoelectron transfer and inhibits the recombination of electrons and holes. In addition, possible mechanisms of the sample were explored by UV-vis DRS and Mott-Schottcky. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.