Dual-plasmonic Au@Cu7S4 yolk@shell nanocrystals for photocatalytic hydrogen production across visible to near infrared spectral region

Chun Wen Tsao, Sudhakar Narra, Jui Cheng Kao, Yu Chang Lin, Chun Yi Chen, Yu Cheng Chin, Ze Jiung Huang, Wei Hong Huang, Chih Chia Huang, Chih Wei Luo, Jyh Pin Chou, Shigenobu Ogata, Masato Sone, Michael H. Huang, Tso Fu Mark Chang*, Yu Chieh Lo*, Yan Gu Lin*, Eric Wei Guang Diau*, Yung Jung Hsu*

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Abstract

Near infrared energy remains untapped toward the maneuvering of entire solar spectrum harvesting for fulfilling the nuts and bolts of solar hydrogen production. We report the use of Au@Cu7S4 yolk@shell nanocrystals as dual-plasmonic photocatalysts to achieve remarkable hydrogen production under visible and near infrared illumination. Ultrafast spectroscopic data reveal the prevalence of long-lived charge separation states for Au@Cu7S4 under both visible and near infrared excitation. Combined with the advantageous features of yolk@shell nanostructures, Au@Cu7S4 achieves a peak quantum yield of 9.4% at 500 nm and a record-breaking quantum yield of 7.3% at 2200 nm for hydrogen production in the absence of additional co-catalysts. The design of a sustainable visible- and near infrared-responsive photocatalytic system is expected to inspire further widespread applications in solar fuel generation. In this work, the feasibility of exploiting the localized surface plasmon resonance property of self-doped, nonstoichiometric semiconductor nanocrystals for the realization of wide-spectrum-driven photocatalysis is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number413
JournalNature Communications
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2024

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