This study demonstrates the simple preparation of Co3O4 NPs which are used as photocatalyst for the production of hydrogen. The data obtained suggested the presence of good photocatalytic properties in the prepared Co3O4 NPs. Further modifications to the Co3O4 NPs may be useful to enhance the hydrogen production rate.
In the recent years, photocatalytic hydrogen production using nanomaterials-based photocatalysts have gained extensive attention. Various metal oxides have been widely explored in the photocatalytic hydrogen generation. It is interesting to prepare the efficient photocatalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen generation reactions. In present work, we used simple synthetic procedure for the preparation of cobalt oxide nanoparticles (Co3O4 NPs). The Co3O4 NPs were prepared using precipitation method. The surface structural features such as topological surface morphology was checked by scanning electron microscope. Presence of Co and O elements were authenticated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The phase purity or formation of Co3O4 NPs was evaluated by powder X-ray diffraction approach. The optical band gap of the obtained Co3O4 NPs was determined by using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Furthermore, we have explored the synthesized Co3O4 NPs as photocatalyst for photocatalytic hydrogen production reaction. The obtained results exhibited good photocatalytic behavior of Co3O4 NPs was towards hydrogen production. The hydrogen amount of 4565 μmol.g−1 was produced using Co3O4 NPs as photocatalyst. The reusability of the Co3O4 NPs photocatalyst was also checked and obtained results showed that Co3O4 NPs is stable for reusability.Zum Volltext