Enhancement of Photocatalytic H2 Evolution on CdS by Loading MoS2 as Cocatalyst under Visible Light Irradiation

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2008DOI:10.1021/ja8007825, Highlighted by Science & Technology Concentrates

Abstract: This communication presents our recent results that the activity of photocatalytic H2 production can be significantly enhanced when small amount of MoS2 is loaded on CdS as co-catalyst. The MoS2/CdS catalysts show high rate of H2 evolution from photocatalytic reforming of lactic acid under visible light irradiation. The rate of H2 evolution on CdS is increased by up to 36 times when loaded with only 0.2 wt% of MoS2, and the activity of MoS2/CdS is even higher than those of the CdS photocatalysts loaded with different noble metals, such as Pt, Ru, Rh, Pd and Au. The junction formed between MoS2 and CdS and the excellent H2 activation property of MoS2 are supposed to be responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MoS2/CdS.

Keywordsphotocatalyst • hydrogen • MoS2 • heterogeneous junction