Vol.10, No.3, 2022, pp.653-663, doi:10.32604/jrm.2022.018556
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g-C3N4 Derived Materials for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production: A Mini Review on Design Strategies
  • Kai Su1,*, Shaoqi Deng1, Linxiao Li1, Qirui Qin1, Jingyu Yang1, Yan Chen2,3, Shengli Zhang1, Junming Chen1
1 Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, 611756, China
2 Analysis and Testing Center, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, 510006, China
3 MOE Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of the Environment, School of Chemistry, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, 510006, China
* Corresponding Author: Kai Su. Email:
Received 02 August 2021; Accepted 20 August 2021; Issue published 28 September 2021
Abstract
Hydrogen production through solar energy is one of the most important pathways to meet the growing demand of renewable energy, and photocatalyst participation in solar hydrolytic hydrogen production has received great attention in recent years in terms of low cost, high efficiency, and flexible design. Particularly, g-C3N4 (Graphitic-like carbon nitride material), as a unique material, can catalyze the hydrogen production process by completing the separation and transmission of charge. The easily adjustable pore structure/surface area, dimension, band-gap modulation and defect have shown great potential for hydrogen production from water cracking. In this review, the most recent advance of g-C3N4 including the doping of metal and non-metal elements, and the formation of semiconductor heterojunction is highlighted. The main modification strategies and approaches for the design of g-C3N4 for hydrogen production, as well as the influence of various materials on hydrogen evolution regarding the photocatalysis mechanism and advantages brought by theoretical calculations are specially and briefly illustrated. Potential design pathways and strategies of g-C3N4 are discussed. In addition, current challenges of hydrogen production from g-C3N4 water splitting are summarized and can be expected.
Graphical Abstract
g-C<sub>3</sub>N<sub>4</sub> Derived Materials for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production: A Mini Review on Design Strategies
Keywords
g-C3N4; hydrogen; photocatalysis; H2O; semiconductor
Cite This Article
Su, K., Deng, S., Li, L., Qin, Q., Yang, J. et al. (2022). g-C3N4 Derived Materials for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production: A Mini Review on Design Strategies. Journal of Renewable Materials, 10(3), 653–663.
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