Improving the photocatalytic performance of graphene–TiO2 nanocomposites via a combined strategy of decreasing defects of graphene and increasing interfacial contact

We show a proof-of-concept study on improving the photocatalytic performance of GR–TiO2 nanocomposites via a combined strategy of decreasing defects of GR and improving the interfacial contact between GR and the semiconductor TiO2

Yanhui Zhang; Nan Zhang; Zi-Rong Tang; Yi-Jun Xu

2012

Key concepts

Scholarcy highlights

  • Incessant interest has been shown in the synthesis of graphene–semiconductor nanocomposites as photocatalysts aiming to utilize the excellent electron conductivity of GR to lengthen the lifetime of photoexcited charge carriers in the semiconductor and, improve the photoactivity
  • The GR–TiO2 nanocomposite fabricated by this approach is able to make more sufficient use of the electron conductivity of GR, by which the lifetime and transfer of photoexcited charge carriers of GR–TiO2 upon visible light irradiation will be improved more efficiently
  • It is anticipated that our current work would inform ongoing efforts to exploit the rational design of smart, more efficient GR–semiconductor photocatalysts for conversion of solar to chemical energy by heterogeneous photocatalysis
  • Improving the photocatalytic performance of graphene–TiO2 nanocomposites via a combined strategy of decreasing defects of graphene and increasing interfacial contact

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