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Band Gap Narrowing of Bi-Doped NaTaO3 for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under Simulated Sunlight: A Pseudocubic Phase Induced by Doping

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Alves, Gustavo A. S. [1] ; Centurion, Higor A. [1] ; Sambrano, Julio R. [2] ; Ferrer, Mateus M. [3] ; Goncalves, V, Renato
Total Authors: 5
[1] V, Univ Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos Inst Phys, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Sao Paulo State Univ, Modeling & Mol Simulat Grp, BR-17030360 Bauru, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Pelotas, CCAF, PPGCEM CDTec, BR-96010610 Pelotas, RS - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS; v. 4, n. 1, p. 671-679, JAN 25 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

NaTaO3 is a promising material for the production of hydrogen fuel via photocatalytic water splitting, although the wide band gap prevents its application with solar light. In order to overcome this issue, bismuth doping has been proposed as a method for band gap narrowing by introducing midgap electron states. In this work, Bi-doped NaTaO3 nanocubes were synthesized through a facile molten salt method and the photocatalysts exhibit hydrogen evolution under simulated sunlight irradiation (AM 1.5G). X-ray diffraction, Raman, and UV-vis spectra suggest that the incorporation of Bi3+ at the Ta-site induces band gap narrowing, in addition to a structural transition, as the orthorhombic perovskite lattice becomes pseudocubic at low dopant concentrations (0.5-4 mol %). The optimal photocatalytic activity of 3 mol % Bi-doped NaTaO3 may be a result of the simultaneous presence of the pseudocubic lattice and the narrowed band gap of 3.6 eV, which in turn promote the absorption of ultraviolet light from the AM 1.5G irradiation source. Theoretical simulations based on density functional theory were used in conjunction with the experimental results to present in detail the additional contribution of the doped pseudocubic phase in the system. Furthermore, 3 mol % Bi-doped NaTaO3 was loaded with Ni cocatalysts by magnetron sputtering deposition, leading to enhanced and stable H-2 production rates for more than 100 h of reaction. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/08928-9 - Modeling and simulations of porous inorganic nanotubes functionalization
Grantee:Julio Ricardo Sambrano
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 18/25705-0 - Study of NaTaO3/Fe2TiO5 and NaTaO3/WO3 tandem junctions for hydrogen production from water and sunlight
Grantee:Gustavo Andrade Silva Alves
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 17/18716-3 - Artificial photosynthesis: development of Tandem systems for hydrogen production from water and sunlight
Grantee:Renato Vitalino Gonçalves
Support Opportunities: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants