Transition-metal perovskite oxides possess rich functionalities in the fields of ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, superconductors, dielectrics, fuel cells and photocatalysis. Nano-facet control of the cubic ATiO3 (A: a divalent cation) phase, a typical perovskite oxide, may result in new properties or phenomena not observable in the bulk material. Herein, we first report a puzzle-like 3D hierarchical structure constructed with K0.5La0.5TiO3 nanosheets. Surprisingly, K0.5La0.5TiO3 has a cubic symmetry similar to a SrTiO3 perovskite. The unusual phase is synthesized by a simple one-pot hydrothermal strategy without using any structure-directing agent. After modest acidification, the assembled 3D hierarchical structure is etched into a core-shell nanostructure which consists of a crystalline K0.5La0.5TiO3 core and an amorphous TiO2 shell. The acid-treated sample exhibits remarkably enhanced photocatalytic H2 production, which is over 60 times higher than the pristine sample.
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- Inorganic Chemistry