Advantageous Role of Ir0Supported on TiO2Nanosheets in Photocatalytic CO2Reduction to CH4: Fast Electron Transfer and Rich Surface Hydroxyl Groups

Kunlin Tang, Zhiqiang Wang, Weixin Zou, Hongyu Guo, Yuchao Wu, Yu Pu, Qing Tong, Haiqin Wan, Xianrui Gu, Lin Dong, Junfeng Rong, Yu Wen Chen

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Ir-based heterogeneous catalysts for photocatalytic CO2 reduction have rarely been reported and are worthy of investigation. In this work, TiO2 nanosheets with a higher specific surface area and more oxygen vacancies were employed to support Ir metal by impregnation (Imp) and ethylene glycol (EG) reduction methods. In comparison with Ir/TiO2 (Imp) and TiO2, Ir/TiO2 (EG) exhibited excellent photocatalytic performance toward CO2 reduction, especially for CH4 production on account of the oxygen defect of TiO2 and rich surface hydroxyl groups produced from the interaction between TiO2 nanosheets and metallic Ir. In situ ESR suggested that the oxygen defect was significant for CO2 adsorption/activation. Furthermore, metallic Ir was beneficial for photogenerated electron transfer, surface hydroxyl generation, and adsorption of the CO intermediate, generating more available electrons and reducing agents for CH4 production. In situ CO2 DRIFTS confirmed the key synergistic interaction between the oxygen defect and metallic Ir in the photoreduction from CO2 to CH4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6219-6228
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number5
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2021


  • COphotoreduction
  • Ir/TiO
  • oxygen defect
  • surface hydroxyl
  • synergistic mechanism


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