Carbon doped honeycomb-like graphitic carbon nitride for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

Affiliation

School of Environmental Science, Nanjing Xiaozhuang University, Nanjing 211171, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Carbon doped honeycomb-like graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) was prepared by one-step thermal polymerization, which derived from chitosan as a carbon source together with the melamine-cyanuric acid complex as a supramolecular precursor. Interestingly, the carbon doped g-C3N4 displayed an increased specific surface area and a more negative conduction band energy level, which not only provided a large number of reaction sites for the photocatalytic hydrogen production, but also effectively enhances the separation of photogenerated electrons-holes. And the experimental results showed that the hydrogen evolution rate of the optimal sample was as high as 320 μmol·h-1, which is 29.10 times than that of bulk g-C3N4 (11 μmol·h-1). More importantly, this work may provide a promising idea for the design of efficient g-C3N4 by controlling the material morphology and combining the electronic modulation strategy.

Keywords

Carbon doped,Electronic modulation strategy,Honeycomb-like,Hydrogen evolution,g-C(3)N(4),

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