Improved CO2 photocatalytic reduction using a novel 3-component heterojunction

Teera Butburee, Zhuxing Sun, Anthony Centeno, Fang Xie, Zhefei Zhao, Daxiong Wu, Piangjai Peerakiatkhajohn, Supphasin Thaweesak, Haiqiang Wang, Lianzhou Wang*

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A new class of three-component photocatalyst system is designed with plasmonic AuCu nanoprisms embedded between a porous single crystalline TiO2 nanoplate thin film and polyhedral zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIF-8) nanoparticles for enhanced CO2 photocatalytic reduction. The ZIF-8 plays a role of CO2 capture to enhance the reactant concentration on the catalyst, while the AuCu nanoprisms function mainly as a mediator to improve the charge density at the interfaces and facilitate the charge transfer to the CO2 adsorption sites on ZIF-8 for subsequent CO2 reduction. The reactant CO2 could be not only readily collected on the newly designed catalyst, but also more efficiently converted to CO and CH4. As a result, compared to the reference sample of two-component system of TiO2 and ZIF-8 with a CO2 conversion rate of 12.5 μmol h−1 g−1, the new three-component photocatalyst exhibited a nearly 7-fold improvement in CO2 photocatalytic reduction performance with CO2 conversion reaching an outstanding value of 86.9 μmol h−1 g−1, highlighting the importance of rational heterojunction design in facilitating reactant adsorption, charge transfer and reaction processes in photocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-433
Number of pages8
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • 3-Component photocatalystis
  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • CO conversion
  • Photocatalytic CO production
  • Solar energy
  • TiO


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