Carbon quantum dots decorated Cu2S nanowire arrays for enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

 

Li et al. have introduced that the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of Cu2S nanowire arrays (NWAs) has been demonstrated to be greatly enhanced by dipping-assembly of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) on the surfaces of Cu2S NWAs.

It was reported that the pristine Cu2S NWAs with higher aspect ratios exhibit better PEC performance due to the longer length scale for light absorption and the shorter length scale for minority carrier diffusion. The CQDs decorated Cu2S liming_lunwenNWAs exhibit remarkably enhanced photocurrent density, giving a photocurrent density of 1.05 mA cm−2 at 0 V vs. NHE and an optimal photocathode efficiency of 0.148% under illumination of AM 1
.5G (100 mW cm−2), which is 4 times higher than that of the pristine Cu2S NWAs. This can be attributed to the improved electron transfer and the energy-down-shift effect of CQDs.

Because of the increased photocurrent density and low-cost fabrication process, they thought that this inexpensive Cu2S/CQD photocathode will open up new opportunities in PEC water splitting.

 

Original article citation

M. Li, R. Zhao, Y. Su, Z. Yang and Y. Zhang, Carbon quantum dots decorated Cu2S nanowire arrays for enhanced photoelectrochemical performance, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 8559-8567. (Cover article)

 

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