Nano Research

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Single titanium-oxide species implanted in 2D g-C3N4 matrix as a highly efficient visible-light CO2 reduction photocatalyst


single atom catalyst, graphitic carbon nitride, two-dimensional (2D) photocatalysts, visible-light, CO2 reduction


A visible-light-response, efficient and robust photo-catalyst for CO2 reduction is highly desirable. Herein, we demonstrate that single titanium-oxide species implanted in two-dimensional (2D) graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) matrix (2D TiO-CN) can efficiently photo-catalyze the reduction of CO2 to CO under the irradiation of visible light. The synergistic interaction between single titanium oxide species and g-C3N4 in 2D TiO-CN not only enhances the separation of photo-excited charges, but also results in visible light response of single titanium-oxide species, realizing high activity of CO2 photo-reduction with extremely high CO generation rate of 283.9 μmol·h−1·g−1, 5.7, 6.8 and 292.2 times larger than those of TiO2/CN hybrid material, CN and commercial TiO2, respectively. Time-resolved fluorescence and electron spin resonance spectroscopy revealed the catalytic mechanism of the fabricated 2D TiO-CN photocatalysts for CO2 reduction.

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Tsinghua University Press