Carbon dioxide photoreduction on the Bi2S3/MoS2 catalyst

Raeyeong Kim, Junyeong Kim, Jeong Yeon Do, Myung Won Seo, Misook Kang

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The photocatalytic activity of a material is contingent on efficient light absorption, fast electron excitation, and control of the recombination rate by effective charge separation. Inorganic materials manufactured in unique shapes via controlled synthesis can exhibit significantly improved properties. Here, n-type Bi2S3 nanorods (with good optical activity) were wrapped with two-dimensional (2D) p-type MoS2 sheets, which have good light absorption properties. The designed p-n junction Bi2S3/MoS2 composite exhibited enhanced light absorption over the entire wavelength range, and higher carbon dioxide adsorption capacity and photocurrent density compared to the single catalysts. Consequently, the activity of the 1Bi2S3/1MoS2 composite catalyst for the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide was more than 20 times higher than that of the single catalysts under visible-light irradiation at ≤400 nm, with partial selectivity for CO conversion. This is attributed to the p-n heterojunction Bi2S3/MoS2 composite designed in this study, the high light absorption of n-Bi2S3, accelerated electron excitation, and the electron affinity of the 2D sheet-p-MoS2, which quickly absorbed excited electrons, resulting in effective charge separation. This ultimately improved the catalytic performance by continuously supplying catalytically active sites to the heterojunction interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number998
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • CO2 photoreduction
  • Effective charge separation
  • P-n heterojunction Bi2S3/MoS2 composite
  • Selective CO production


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