Nano Research

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Efficient defect-controlled photocatalytic hydrogen generation based on near-infrared Cu-In-Zn-S quantum dots


quantum dots, photocatalysis, hydrogen generation, surface defect


ABSTRACT The development of photocatalysts that can effectively harvest visible light is essential for advances in high-efficiency solar-driven hydrogen generation. Herein, we synthesized water soluble CuInS2 (CIS) and Cu-In-Zn-S (CIZS) quantum dots (QDs) by using one-pot aqueous method. The CIZS QDs are well passivated by glutathione ligands and are highly stable in aqueous conditions. We subsequently applied these QDs as a light harvesting material for photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Unlike most small band gap materials that show extremely low efficiency, these new QDs display remarkable energy conversion efficiency in the visible and near-infrared regions. The external quantum efficiency at 650 nm is ~1.5%, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the highest value achieved until now in the near-infrared region.

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Tsinghua University Press