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Efficient photocatalytic fixation of N2 by KOH-treated g-C3N4

Li, Xiaoman, Sun, Xiang, Zhang, Ling, Sun, Songmei and Wang, Wenzhong 2018. Efficient photocatalytic fixation of N2 by KOH-treated g-C3N4. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 6 (7) , pp. 3005-3011. 10.1039/c7ta09762j

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Development of N2 photofixation under mild conditions is challenging; one reason for low efficiency is the poor reactivity between water and photocatalysts. Herein, C3N4 after KOH etching was used as an efficient photocatalyst, and CH3OH was first introduced as a proton source. The photocatalyst presented a high ammonia evolution rate of 3.632 mmol g−1 h−1 and achieved an apparent quantum yield of 21.5% at ∼420 nm. In addition to the role of reacting with holes to accelerate the production and transfer of electrons, CH3OH also promoted the solubility of N2 and provided a proton to the activated N2. The CH3OH system should be instructive for a better understanding of proton-enhanced photocatalysis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 2050-7488
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 May 2019
Date of Acceptance: 9 January 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:26

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