Metallic 1T-TiS2 nanodots anchored on a 2D graphitic C3N4 nanosheet nanostructure with high electron transfer capability for enhanced photocatalytic performance
Ajayan, Pulickel M.
Photocatalysis is one of the most promising technologies for solar energy conversion. With the development of photocatalysis technology, the creation of low-dimensional structure photocatalysts with improved properties becomes more and more important. Metallic 1T-TiS2 nanodots with a low-dimensional structure were introduced into environmentally friendly two-dimensional g-C3N4 (2D-C3N4) nanosheets by a solvothermal method. It was found that the ultrathin TiS2 nanodots were uniformly anchored on the surface of the 2D-C3N4. The effective suppression of electron–hole recombination was realized due to the addition of the intrinsic metallic property of 1T-TiS2 in the prepared nanocomposite. The 5 wt% TiS2/2D-C3N4 nanocomposite exhibited the best photocatalytic performance and the degradation rate towards RhB was ca. 95% in 70 min, which showed an improvement of ca. 30% in comparison with 2D-C3N4. The results indicate that the obtained TiS2/2D-C3N4 nanocomposite is a promising photocatalyst for practical applications.