Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has attracted great interest in photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis. However, their poor hydrophilicity poses a great challenge for their applications in aqueous environment. Here, we demonstrate synthesis of a hydrophilic bi-functional hierarchical architecture by the assembly of B-doped g-C3N4 nanoplatelets. Such hierarchical B-doped g-C3N4 material enables full utilization of their highly enhanced visible light absorption and photogenerated carrier separation in aqueous medium, leading to an excellent photocatalytic H2O2 production rate of 4240.3 μM g−1 h−1, 2.84, 2.64 and 2.13 times higher than that of the bulk g-C3N4, g-C3N4 nanoplatelets and bulk B doped g-C3N4, respectively. Photoanodes based on these hierarchical architectures can generate an unprecedented photocurrent density of 1.72 mA cm−2 at 1.23 V under AM 1.5 G illumination for photoelectrochemical water splitting. This work makes a fundamental improvement towards large-scale exploitation of highly active, hydrophilic and stable metal-free g-C3N4 photocatalysts for various practical applications.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Energy Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2022|
- Boron doping
- Hierarchically assembled architectures
- Photocatalytic HO production
- Photoelectrocatalytic water splitting
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Johan Wouters (Manager) & Carmela Aprile (Manager)Technological Platform Physical Chemistry and characterization
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