Solar hydrogen production from seawater splitting using mixed-valence titanium phosphite photocatalyst

Cheng Ting Lee, Ling I. Hung, Yu Chieh Shih, Jeffrey Chi Sheng Wu, Sue Lein Wang, Chao Wei Huang, Van Huy Nguyen

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A unique magnesium salt of titanium phosphite (MgTiP) was synthesized by the hydrothermal method and applied for the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution using seawater. The spent MgTiP was analyzed by XPS after photocatalytic reaction indicating that Ti3+ in MgTiP structure was oxidized to Ti4+ by photo-induced holes in a pure water environment, i.e., photo-corrosion. A sacrificial agent, 2mM FeCl2 in the photocatalytic system, could enhance hydrogen evolution and prevent photo-corrosion of MgTiP. Thus this research conducted the reaction of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution using seawater. Two seawater sources were taken from the estuary of the Tamsui River and the east coast of Taiwan. The ions in seawater could act as a sacrificial agent. The result showed that the ions of seawater could enhance photocatalytic hydrogen evolution and also prevent MgTiP from photo-corrosion. The unique 12-membered ring (12R) channels structure of MgTiP with tunable hexa-hydrated magnesium ions showed excellent photo-stability. The concentration of proton (pH) and chloride ions as hole scavenger were favorable factors. Its H2 production rate could reach up to 629.3μmol·gcat-1·h-1 under simulated sunlight. Furthermore, the hydrogen evolution from photocatalytic seawater splitting showed better stability than pure water in a long-term test.

期刊Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
出版狀態Published - 2021 2月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 化學工程(雜項)
  • 廢物管理和處置
  • 污染
  • 製程化學與技術


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