Hierarchical P/YPO4 microsphere for photocatalytic hydrogen production from water under visible light irradiation
Hierarchical P/YPO4 hollow microspheres are prepared by the reaction between amorphous red P and YCl3 aqueous solution via a hydrothermal method. The final product consists of crystalline YPO4 nanosheets and amorphous red phosphorus. Photocatalytic hydrogen formation measurements indicate that the P/YPO4 composites exhibit higher activity than the individual components. The composite with 53 wt% YPO4 is up to 6 times more active than red phosphorus under visible light irradiation. The formation mechanism of hierarchical microspheres and the enhanced photocatalytic activity are discussed.
Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slideHighlights► Hierarchical P/YPO4 hollow microspheres are prepared by reacting red P with YCl3. ► The product consists of crystalline YPO4 nanosheets and amorphous red phosphorus. ► The composite shows high activity for photocatalytic hydrogen formation from water.
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volumes 119–120, 30 May 2012, Pages 267–272