Surface-Halogenation-Induced Atomic-Site Activation and Local Charge Separation for Superb CO2 Photoreduction

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Hao, Lin
Kang, Lei
Huang, Hongwei
Ye, Liqun
Han, Keli
Yang, Songqiu
Yu, Hongjian
Batmunkh, Munkhbayar
Zhang, Yihe
Ma, Tianyi
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Solar-energy-driven CO2 conversion into value-added chemical fuels holds great potential in renewable energy generation. However, the rapid recombination of charge carriers and deficient reactive sites, as two major obstacles, severely hampers the photocatalytic CO2 reduction activity. Herein, a desirable surface halogenation strategy to address the aforementioned concerns over a Sillén-related layer-structured photocatalyst Bi2O2(OH)(NO3) (BON) is demonstrated. The surface halogen ions that are anchored on the Bi atoms by replacing surface hydroxyls on the one hand facilitate the local charge separation, and, on the other hand, activate the hydroxyls that profoundly boost the adsorption of CO2 molecules and protons and facilitate the CO2 conversion process, as evidenced by experimental and theoretical results collectively. Among the three series of BON-X (X = Cl, Br, and I) catalysts, BON-Br shows the most substantially enhanced CO production rate (8.12 µmol g−1 h−1) without any sacrificial agents or cocatalysts, ≈73 times higher than that of pristine Bi2O2(OH)(NO3), also exceeding that of the state-of-the-art photocatalysts reported to date. This work presents a surface polarization protocol for engineering charge behavior and reactive sites to promote photocatalysis, which shows great promise to the future design of high-performance materials for clean energy production.

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Advanced Materials

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31

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25

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Hao, L; Kang, L; Huang, H; Ye, L; Han, K; Yang, S; Yu, H; Batmunkh, M; Zhang, Y; Ma, T, Surface-Halogenation-Induced Atomic-Site Activation and Local Charge Separation for Superb CO2 Photoreduction, Advanced Materials, 2019, 31 (25), pp. 1900546:1-1900546:7

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