Stabilizing electron-rich Ni single-atoms on black phosphorus nanosheets boosts photocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction

Ye Wang, Yingkui Yan, Huabin Zhang, Xinsheng Peng, Hubiao Huang, Songtao Zhang, Li Shi*

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The development of unique single-atom catalysts with electron-rich feature is essential to promoting the photocatalytic CO2 reduction, yet remains a big challenge. Here, a conceptionally new single-atom catalyst constructed from atomically dispersed Ni–P3 species on black phosphorus (BP) nanosheets (BP-Ni) is synthesized for realizing highly efficient visible-light-driven CO2 reduction when trapping photogenerated electrons from homogeneous light absorbers in the presence of triethanolamine as the sacrificial agent. Both the experimental and theoretical calculation data reveal that the Ni–P3 species on BP nanosheets own the electron-rich feature that can improve the photogenerated charge separation efficiency and lower the activation barrier of CO2 conversion. This unique feature makes BP-Ni exhibit the much higher activity as cocatalyst in the photocatalytic CO2 reduction than BP nanosheets. The BP-Ni can also be applied as a cocatalyst for enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction after combining with CdSe/S colloidal crystal photocatalyst. The present study offers valuable inspirations for the design and construction of effective catalytic sites toward photocatalytic CO2 reduction reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-333
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of colloid and interface science
StatePublished - Mar 15 2024

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  • Black phosphorus
  • Cocatalyst
  • Photocatalytic CO reduction
  • Single-atom catalyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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