Synthesis and Photochemical Properties of Semiconductor/Layered Compound Nanocomposites

Wu Jihuai, Sittinun Tawkaew, Shu Yin, Tsugio Sato

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CdS and Cd0.8Zn0.2S pillars were constructed in the interlayer of hectorite, HNbWO6, H4Nb6O17 and H2Ti4 O9 by the intercalation reactions. The thicknesses of the semiconductors incorporated were less than 1 nm and the band gap energies of them were slightly larger than those of normal crystalline ones. CdS and Cd0.8Zn0.2S pillared compounds showed photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution and nitrate reduction under visible light irradiation in the presence of sacrificial hole acceptor such as Na2S and methanol. The photocatalytic activities of the semiconductors incorporated were superior to those of unsupported ones. The incorporation of semiconductors in the interlayers of semiconductor layered compounds such as HNbWO6, H2Ti4O9 and H4Nb6O17 was much more efficient in enhancing the hydrogen production activity than when an insulator such as hectorite was used. The heterogeneous electron transfer from guest CdS to host semiconductor seemed to play an important role to enhance the photocatalytic activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of the Society of Material Engineering for Resources
Issue number42371
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Electrontransfer
  • Intercalation
  • Layered compound
  • Photocatalytic property
  • Semiconductor pillar


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