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A precursor route to prepare tantalum (V) nitride nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution under visible light

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A precursor route to prepare tantalum (V) nitride nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution under visible light
Abstract

Nanoparticulate Ta3N5 was prepared by nitridation of nanoparticulate Ta2O5 precursor in an attempt to improve the photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution from aqueous methanol solution under visible light (λ > 420 nm). When platinum (Pt) was deposited in situ as a H2 evolution cocatalyst, the as-prepared Ta3N5 with a primary particle size of 30–50 nm exhibited enhanced activity, three times higher than that of bulk Ta3N5 particles 300–500 nm in size. The improvement in activity arises from a lower density of defect sites, which is favorable for electron migration from the Ta3N5 bulk to the surface and/or for electron transfer from the conduction band of Ta3N5 to the loaded Pt.

Graphical abstractTa3N5 nanoparticles (30–50 nm in size) exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution from aqueous methanol solution under visible light (λ > 420 nm), as compared to bulk Ta3N5 particles (300–500 nm in size). The improvement in activity is attributed to the promotion of the water reduction process originating from the lower defect density of the material.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide

Keywords
Hydrogen production; Photocatalyst; Photoelectrochemistry; Visible light; Water splitting
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volume 370, Issues 1–2, 30 November 2009, Pages 88–92
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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