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Patch-like, two dimensional WSe2-based hetero-structures activated by a healing catalyst for H2 photocatalytic generation

Taberna, Pierre-Louis and Barros Barbosa, Juliana and Balocchi, Andréa and Gerber, Iann C. and Urita, Koki and Barnabé, Antoine and Marie, Xavier and Chane-Ching, Jean-Yves Patch-like, two dimensional WSe2-based hetero-structures activated by a healing catalyst for H2 photocatalytic generation. (2021) Chemical Engineering Journal, 424. 130433. ISSN 1385-8947

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2021.130433


2D photoactive materials may offer interesting opportunities in photocatalytic devices since they combine strong light absorption and shortening of charge carriers’ diffusion path. Because of their high surface defect concentration and the formation of a majority of edge/plane vs plane/plane contacts between the anisotropic building blocks, surface defect passivation and improvement of charge carrier transport are critical for the large development of high surface area, 2D photo-catalysts. Here, we propose a hetero-structure nanoporous network with a patch-like coating as high performance 2D photo-catalysts. The hetero-structured building blocks are composed of a photo-active WSe2 nanoflake in direct contact with both a conducting rGO nanosheet and an ultrathin layer of healing catalyst. The resulting nanoporous film achieves a H2 evolution photocurrent density up to 5 mA cm−2 demonstrating that the patch-like hetero-structures represent an effective strategy to simultaneously improve hole collection, defect passivation and charge transfer. These hetero-structures made of an ultrathin healing catalyst layer represent promising building blocks for the bottom-up fabrication of high surface area photocathodes particularly for 2D photo-catalysts displaying high defect concentration.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03599616
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Nagasaki University (JAPAN)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:07 Mar 2022 11:20

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