Effect of Carbon Doping on CO2-Reduction Activity of Single Cobalt Sites in Graphitic Carbon Nitride

Academic Article


  • AbstractSingle‐atom catalysts have demonstrated interesting activity in a variety of applications. In this study, we prepared single Co2+ sites on graphitic carbon nitride (C3N4), which was doped with carbon for enhanced activity in visible‐light CO2 reduction. The synthesized materials were characterized with a variety of techniques, including microscopy, X‐ray powder diffraction, UV‐vis spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and X‐ray absorption spectroscopy. Doping C3N4 with carbon was found to have profound effect on the photocatalytic activity of the single Co2+ sites. At relatively low levels, carbon doping enhanced the photoresponse of C3N4 in the visible region and improved charge separation upon photoactivation, thereby enhancing the photocatalytic activity. High levels of carbon doping were found to be detrimental to the photocatalytic activity of the single Co2+ sites by altering the structure of C3N4 and generating defect sites responsible for charge recombination.
  • Authors

  • Huang, Peipei
  • Huang, Jiahao
  • Li, Junying
  • Zhang, Lei
  • He, Jie
  • Caputo, Christine
  • Frenkel, Anatoly I
  • Li, Gonghu
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2021
  • Published In

  • ChemNanoMat  Journal
  • Keywords

  • CO2 Reduction
  • Carbon Doping
  • Carbon Nitride
  • Cobalt
  • Single Atom Catalyst
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 1051
  • End Page

  • 1056
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 9