Dual-Hole Excitons Activated Photoelectrolysis in Neutral Solution

Sung Fu Hung, Zhi Zhong Chen, Chun Chih Chang, Chia Shuo Hsu, Ming Kang Tsai, Chia Cheng Kang, Hao Ming Chen*

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Abstract

II–VI semiconductors exhibit unique behaviors that can generate dual-holes (“heavy and light”), but the application in photocatalysis is still missing. Herein, an empirical utilization of light/heavy holes in a hybrid metal cluster-2D semiconductor nanoplatelets is reported. This hybrid material can boost the hole-transfer at the surface and suppress the recombination. Different roles are enacted by light-holes and heavy-holes, in which the light-holes with higher energy and mobility can facilitate the slow kinetics of water oxidation and further reduce the onset voltage, while the massive heavy-holes can increase the resulting photocurrent by about five times, achieving a photocurrent of 2 mA cm−2 at 1.23 V versus RHE under AM 1.5 G illumination in nonsacrificial neutral solution. These strategies can be the solutions for photoelectrolysis and be beneficial for sustainable development in solar conversion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1704047
JournalSmall
Volume14
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • cadmium selenide
  • light holes
  • nanoplatelets
  • photoelectrochemistry
  • photoelectrolysis

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    Hung, S. F., Chen, Z. Z., Chang, C. C., Hsu, C. S., Tsai, M. K., Kang, C. C., & Chen, H. M. (2018). Dual-Hole Excitons Activated Photoelectrolysis in Neutral Solution. Small, 14(14), [1704047]. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201704047