ATR-SEIRAS investigation of the fermi level of Pt cocatalyst on a GaN photocatalyst for hydrogen evolution under irradiation

Masaaki Yoshida, Akira Yamakata, Kazuhiro Takanabe, Jun Kubota, Masatoshi Osawa, Kazunari Domen

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(Graph Presented) The interaction of photogenerated carries in GaN photocatalyst with Pt cocatalyst for hydrogen evolution under irradiation was investigated from in situ ATR-SEIRAS measurement by following the CO vibrational frequency. After irradiation, the CO frequency shifted higher, indicating that the Fermi level of Pt particles was positively shifted by the photogenerated holes. Thereafter, a lower frequency peak appeared, indicating that the Fermi level of some Pt particles was negatively shifted to the hydrogen evolution potential by photogenerated electrons, which is the essential function of cocatalysis for hydrogen evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13218-13219
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 23
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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