A Water-Splitting Carbon Nitride Photoelectrochemical Cell with Efficient Charge Separation and Remarkably Low Onset Potential

Guiming Peng, Josep Albero, Hermenegildo Garcia, Menny Shalom

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Abstract

A simple method to grow a closely packed carbon nitride (CN) film by the crystallization of CN monomers on a conductive substrate followed by a thermal condensation is reported. The as-synthesized CN exhibits excellent performance as photoanode material in a photoelectrochemical cell. Detailed (photo)electrochemical and transient absorption measurements indicate excellent charge separation properties, high hole-extraction efficiency (up to 50 %), a long electron lifetime, and low amount of defect states below the CN conduction band. Consequently, the CN photoanode exhibits a markedly low overpotential of 0.25 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), which is comparable with the state-of-the-art metal-based photoanodes, an impressive photocurrent density of 116 μA cm−2 at 1.23 V versus RHE in an alkaline solution without sacrificial agent, as well as excellent stability over a wide pH range (0–13).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15807-15811
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume57
Issue number48
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • carbon nitride
  • crystalline 2D materials
  • photoanode
  • photoelectrochemical cells
  • water splitting

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