It is highly desired to improve the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of nanosized WO3 by artificially modulating the photogenerated electrons and holes simultaneously. Herein, WO3 nanoplates have been successfully prepared by a simple one-pot two-phase separated hydrolysis-solvothermal method, and then co-modified with RGO and phosphate acid successively by wet chemical processes. Subsequently, the as-prepared WO3-based nanoplates were immobilized on the conductive glasses to explore the PEC activities for both water oxidation to evolve O2 and phenol degradation. It is clearly demonstrated that the co-modified WO3 nanoplates exhibit significantly improved PEC activities compared with pristine WO3, especially for that with the amount-optimized modifiers by ca. 6-time enhancement. Mainly based on the evaluated hydroxyl radical amounts produced and the electrochemical impedance spectra, it is suggested that the improved PEC activities are attributed to the greatly enhanced photogenerated charge separation after chemically modification with RGO and phosphate groups to WO3, respectively by transferring electrons as the collectors and trapping holes via the formed negative field after phosphate disassociation. This work provides a feasible synthetic strategy to improve the photoactivities of nanosized WO3 for energy production and environmental remediation.
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