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Title: Protonation of graphitic carbon nitride (g-c3N4) for an electrostatically self-assembling carbon@g-c3N4 core shell nanostructure toward high hydrogen evolution
Authors: Ma, LT
Fan, HQ
Fu, K
Lei, SH
Hu, QZ 
Huang, HT 
He, GP
Keywords: Polymeric carbon nitride
Electrostatic self-assembly
Metal-free core-shell nanostructure
Broadened light absorption
Hydrogen evolution
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Source: ACS sustainable chemistry & engineering, 2017, v. 5, no. 8, p. 7093-7103 How to cite?
Journal: ACS sustainable chemistry & engineering 
Abstract: The development of new, appealing metal-free photo catalysts is of great significance for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Herein, an electrostatic self-assembly method to form a unique core shell architecture of a colloid of carbon spheres with graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has been developed by a one-step chemical solution route. The chemical protonation of g-C3N4 solids with strong oxidizing acids (such as HNO3) is an efficient pathway toward the sol procedure of stable carbon nitride colloids, which can cover the surface of carbon spheres via electrostatic adsorption. On account of the unique polymeric matrix of g-C3N4 and reversible hydrogen bonding, the carbon@g-C3N4 derived from the sol solution showed high mechanical stability with broadened light absorption and enhanced conductivity for charge transport. Thus, the carbon@g-C3N4 core shell structure exhibited remarkably enhanced photoelectrochemical performance. This polymer system is envisaged to hybridize with desirable functionalities (such as carbon nanorods) to form unique architectures for various applications.
ISSN: 2168-0485
EISSN: 2373-9878
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b01312
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