The selection of layered number and time-course destruction of layers may affect the charge transfer between 2D-to-1D heterostructure, making it possible to improve the efficiency of solar-to-hydrogen evolution. Herein, we demonstrate a simple, low-cost systematic protocol of 2D-WSe2 nanolayer numbers ranging from 7 to 60 aiding the ultrasonication time-course. The resultant nanolayers were assembled on the surface of 1D-CdS nanorods, which demonstrated an improved surface shuttling property. Consequently, a drastic improvement in photocatalytic solar-driven hydrogen evolution was observed (103.5 mmol h−1 g−1) with seven-layered WSe2 (few-layered WSe2) attached on CdS nanorods surface. This enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to the selection of layers on CdS surface that expose abundant active sites; along with suitable energy levels, this can facilitate increased charge transfer leading to feasible photocatalytic reactions. Significantly, the present study proposes an efficient and sustainable process to produce hydrogen and demonstrates the potential of numbered WSe2 nanosheets as a co-catalyst material.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry