Enhanced Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution from Water Splitting on Ta2O5/SrZrO3 Heterostructures Decorated with CuxO/RuO2 Cocatalysts

Ali Margot Huerta-Flores, Francisco Ruiz-Zepeda, Cavit Eyovge, Jedrzej P. Winczewski, Matthias Vandichel, Miran Gaberšček, Nicolas D. Boscher, Han J.G.E. Gardeniers, Leticia M. Torres-Martínez*, Arturo Susarrey-Arce*

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Abstract

Photocatalytic H2 generation by water splitting is a promising alternative for producing renewable fuels. This work synthesized a new type of Ta2O5/SrZrO3 heterostructure with Ru and Cu (RuO2/CuxO/Ta2O5/SrZrO3) using solid-state chemistry methods to achieve a high H2 production of 5164 μmol g-1 h-1 under simulated solar light, 39 times higher than that produced using SrZrO3. The heterostructure performance is compared with other Ta2O5/SrZrO3 heterostructure compositions loaded with RuO2, CuxO, or Pt. CuxO is used to showcase the usage of less costly cocatalysts to produce H2. The photocatalytic activity toward H2 by the RuO2/CuxO/Ta2O5/SrZrO3 heterostructure remains the highest, followed by RuO2/Ta2O5/SrZrO3 > CuxO/Ta2O5/SrZrO3 > Pt/Ta2O5/SrZrO3 > Ta2O5/SrZrO3 > SrZrO3. Band gap tunability and high optical absorbance in the visible region are more prominent for the heterostructures containing cocatalysts (RuO2 or CuxO) and are even higher for the binary catalyst (RuO2/CuxO). The presence of the binary catalyst is observed to impact the charge carrier transport in Ta2O5/SrZrO3, improving the solar to hydrogen conversion efficiency. The results represent a valuable contribution to the design of SrZrO3-based heterostructures for photocatalytic H2 production by solar water splitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31767-31781
Number of pages15
JournalACS applied materials & interfaces
Volume14
Issue number28
Early online date5 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • band alignment
  • CuxO
  • hydrogen evolution
  • oxide heterostructure
  • photocatalyst
  • RuO2
  • SrZrO3
  • Ta2O5
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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