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Boosting Light-Driven Photocatalytic Water Splitting of Bi4NbO8Br by Polarization Field

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Photocatalysis is regarded as a promising approach to solve the energy crisis by producing H2 from water splitting reaction driven by solar light. However, low photogenerated charge carriers yielding and separating rates limit the quantum efficiency in photocatalytic reactions, which is a common drawback for most visible-light photocatalysts. Herein, a bismuth-based photocatalyst, Bi4NbO8Br, through intercalating NbO6 octahedrons into layered BiOBr nanosheets, is designed and fabricated. Bi4NbO8Br demonstrates an enhanced photocatalytic water splitting ability as compared to BiOBr in visible light irradiation. The light absorption spectrum of Bi4NbO8Br is wider than that of BiOBr. It is found that such enhancements give rise to the ferroelectricity induced by the intercalated NbO6. The internal spontaneous polarization and an internal electric field formed in Bi4NbO8Br result in a significant band bending in its electronic structure and greatly promote the migration and separation of charge carriers in visible light irradiation.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Xu, R., Wang, Y., Cui, D., Du, K., Shi, Z., Zhang, H., . . . Du, Y. (2022). Boosting Light-Driven Photocatalytic Water Splitting of Bi4NbO8Br by Polarization Field. Solar RRL, 6(9). doi:10.1002/solr.202200365

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85133839985

Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Photocatalysis is regarded as a promising approach to solve the energy crisis by producing H2 from water splitting reaction driven by solar light. However, low photogenerated charge carriers yielding and separating rates limit the quantum efficiency in photocatalytic reactions, which is a common drawback for most visible-light photocatalysts. Herein, a bismuth-based photocatalyst, Bi4NbO8Br, through intercalating NbO6 octahedrons into layered BiOBr nanosheets, is designed and fabricated. Bi4NbO8Br demonstrates an enhanced photocatalytic water splitting ability as compared to BiOBr in visible light irradiation. The light absorption spectrum of Bi4NbO8Br is wider than that of BiOBr. It is found that such enhancements give rise to the ferroelectricity induced by the intercalated NbO6. The internal spontaneous polarization and an internal electric field formed in Bi4NbO8Br result in a significant band bending in its electronic structure and greatly promote the migration and separation of charge carriers in visible light irradiation.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Xu, R., Wang, Y., Cui, D., Du, K., Shi, Z., Zhang, H., . . . Du, Y. (2022). Boosting Light-Driven Photocatalytic Water Splitting of Bi4NbO8Br by Polarization Field. Solar RRL, 6(9). doi:10.1002/solr.202200365

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85133839985

Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication