RGO-MoS2 Supported NiCo2O4 Catalyst toward Solar Water Splitting and Dye Degradation

Sankalpita Chakrabarty, Ayan Mukherjee, Suddhasatwa Basu

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Formation of the NiCo2O4 (NCO) nanoparticle with the simultaneous reduction of GO and growth of MoS2 by a two step hydrothermal process results in a 2D RGO-MoS2 (R-MoS2) cocatalyst layer with intimate interfacial contact with NCO. The phase purity, chemical coupling and morphology of the synthesized materials are established through X-ray diffraction, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies. The ternary composite, RGO-MoS2-NiCo2O4 (RM-NCO), shows excellent electrocatalytic performance toward solar driven water splitting with 3.08% solar to hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency, photocurrent density of 5.36 mA cm-2, injection efficiency of 97% at 1 V (vs Ag/AgCl) and long-term stability. The photo degradation (95%) of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation is obtained in 90 min by the ternary composite (RM-NCO). The improved performance of the ternary composite, RM-NCO, over bare NCO and MoS2, toward photocatalytic activity is achieved through the dual charge transfer pathway between interfacial layer of NCO and MoS2 to RGO, which leads to generation of more photoinduced charge carriers and suppression of electron-hole recombination process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5238-5247
Number of pages10
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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The authors acknowledge financial support of Department of Science and Technology (DST) and facility supports from the Nanoscale Research Facility, I.I.T. Delhi. S. Chakrabarty (PDF/ 2015/000025) and A. Mukherjee (PDF/2016/003476) are thankful to Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for providing NPDF.

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I.I.T. Delhi
Nanoscale Research Facility
Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology


    • NiCoO nanoparticle
    • Photocatalyst
    • Photoelectrochemical water splitting
    • RGO-MoS cocatalyst


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