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Title: Computational screening of vdWs heterostructures of BSe with MoSe2 and WSe2 as sustainable hydrogen production materials
Authors: Opoku, Francis
Govender, Penny P.
Keywords: Type-II materials
Hydrogen production
Computational studies
Sustainable energy
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: ELSEVIER
Citation: ELSEVIER
Abstract: Recently, fabricating type-II vertical van der Waals (vdWs) heterostructure is a promising material for hydrogen production. The absorption capability, charge density distributions, band alignments and electronic properties of the monolayers and heterostructures are systematically investigated using computational studies. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, binding energy and phonon calculations, the stability of the heterostructures are verified. Both heterostructures are type-II materials, which can increase the separation of charge carriers. Moreover, the charge density difference and the potential drop across the interface of MSe2/BSe creates a high built-in electric field that can prevent the recombination of charge carriers. We found that the visible-light optical properties of both heterostructures are much enhanced with suitable bandgap energy for water splitting. The band alignment suggests that the heterostructures straddle water redox potentials in acid solutions (0 < pH < 7). Our study predicted that MSe2/BSe vdW heterostructures have great potential for photocatalytic hydrogen production.
Description: This article is published at ELSEVIER and also available at, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cap.2020.06.001
URI: doi.org/10.1016/j.cap.2020.06.001
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