Research progress in metal sulfides for photocatalysis: From activity to stability

Sushu Zhang, Xiaoyu Ou, Qian Xiang, Sónia A. C. Carabineiro, Jiajie Fan, Kangle Lv

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Metal sulfides are a type of reduction semiconductor photocatalysts with narrow bandgap and negative conduction band potential, which make them have unique photocatalytic performance in solar-to-fuel conversion and environmental purification. However, metal sulfides also suffer from low quantum efficiency and photocorrosion. In this review, the strategies to improve the photocatalytic activity of metal sulfide photocatalysts by stimulating the charge separation and improving light-harvesting ability are introduced, including morphology control, semiconductor coupling and surface modification. In addition, the recent research progress aiming at improving their photostability is also illustrated, such as, construction of hole transfer heterojunctions and deposition of hole transfer cocatalysts. Based on the electronic band structures, the applications of metal sulfides in photocatalysis, namely, hydrogen production, degradation of organic pollutants and reduction of CO2, are summarized. Finally, the perspectives of the promising future of metal-sulfide based photocatalysts and the challenges remaining to overcome are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number135085
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Activity
  • Metal sulfides
  • Photocorrosion
  • Semiconductor photocatalysis
  • Stability


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