Plasmonic p-n Junction for Infrared Light to Chemical Energy Conversion

Zichao Lian, Masanori Sakamoto, Junie J.M. Vequizo, C. S.Kumara Ranasinghe, Akira Yamakata, Takuro Nagai, Koji Kimoto, Yoichi Kobayashi, Naoto Tamai, Toshiharu Teranishi

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Infrared (IR) light represents an untapped energy source accounting for almost half of all solar energy. Thus, there is a need to develop systems to convert IR light to fuel and make full use of this plentiful resource. Herein, we report photocatalytic H2evolution driven by near- to shortwave-IR light (up to 2500 nm) irradiation, based on novel CdS/Cu7S4heterostructured nanocrystals. The apparent quantum yield reached 3.8% at 1100 nm, which exceeds the highest efficiencies achieved by IR light energy conversion systems reported to date. Spectroscopic results revealed that plasmon-induced hot-electron injection at p-n heterojunctions realizes exceptionally long-lived charge separation (>273 μs), which results in efficient IR light to hydrogen conversion. These results pave the way for the exploration of undeveloped low-energy light for solar fuel generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2446-2450
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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