Visible light active Bi3TaO7 nanosheets for water splitting

Hadi Razavi-Khosroshahi, Sara Mohammadzadeh, Mirabbos Hojamberdiev, Sho Kitano, Miho Yamauchi, Masayoshi Fuji

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Tantalate semiconductors are potential photocatalysts for hydrogen generation via photocatalytic water splitting reaction because the conduction band of tantalates is composed of the tantalum 5d orbital, which is located at a more negative potential than that of the H+/H2 half reaction, i.e., 0.0 V vs. NHE. Bi3TaO7 is a stable tantalate under acidic or alkaline conditions, with a band gap suitable for visible light absorption. However, the photocatalytic properties of Bi3TaO7 are only reported based on the dye degradation reactions, probably due to the fast electron/hole recombination losses. 2D crystal-like nanosheets with a thickness of a few nanometers show unique features such as high carrier mobility, the quantum Hall effect, high specific surface area, and excellent electrical/thermal conductivity. 2D structures can also enhance the photocatalytic properties because photo-generated charge carriers in nanosheets are less prone to fast recombinations as compared to their bulk counterparts. In this study, nanosheets of Bi3TaO7 are produced by a liquid exfoliation method and the photocatalytic hydrogen generation reaction is investigated for both the as-synthesized Bi3TaO7 nanoparticles and Bi3TaO7 nanosheets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9284-9290
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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