Nitrogen doping on the core-shell structured Au@TiO2 nanoparticles and its enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution under visible light irradiation

Gautam Kumar Naik, Sanjit Manohar Majhi, Kwang-Un Jeong, In-Hwan Lee, Yeon Tae Yu

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Abstract

The current study concerns about the large band gap of TiO for its use as photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity of core-shell structured Au@TiO nanoparticles were enhanced by the doping of nitrogen. The nitrogen doping has been done by simple hydrothermal method taking ethylenediamine as the precursor for nitrogen. The crystals structure of TiO shell remained unaltered even with the introduction of nitrogen. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples were evaluated towards the hydrogen evolution from photocatalytic water splitting under solar light irradiation. It was found that nitrogen doped core-shell structured Au@TiO nanoparticles (Au@N-TiO) showed higher photocatalytic activity with an average H evolution rate of 4880 μmol hg, which is 3.79 times more than that of bare TiO in 4 h under xenon light irradiation. The relationship among the other samples was in order of Au@N-TiO > Au@TiO > N-TiO > TiO. This enhanced photocatalytic activity of Au@N-TiO can be responsible for the formation of an plasmonic photocatalyst and the formation of an impurity band between the conduction band (CB) and the valence band (VB) of TiO.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-512
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume771
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2018

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