Synthesis gas (syngas), with a wide range of molar ratios of CO and H2 from 0.3 to 4, can serve as an important feedstock in the petroleum industry for the production of various synfuels; however, it remains a major challenge to tune the composition over such a wide range of ratios. Here, we demonstrate the photocatalytic production of syngas with tunable H2/CO molar ratios via rationally designed Au/MoS2 symmetrically tipped CdS nanowires (AMTCs), in which MoS2 and Au serve as cocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR), respectively. The competing reactions are controlled and aligned through the selective decoration of size-controlled (1–50 nm) Au nanoparticles on MoS2 by controlling the charge transfer kinetics during photodeposition. Finally, the widest range of H2/CO ratios in syngas reported to date, ranging from 0.35 to 3.6, is realized, indicating that this is a potentially efficient approach for solar-to-syngas production by using rationally designed nanostructures.
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- Environmental Science(all)
- Process Chemistry and Technology