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Electron-hole separation is a critical step to achieving efficient photocatalysis, towards which use of co-catalysts has become a widely used strategy. Despite the tremendous efforts and demonstrated functions of noble metal co-catalysts, seeking noble metal-free co-catalysts will always be the goal when designing cost-effective, high-performance hybrid photocatalysts. In this work, we demonstrate that MoS2 nanosheets with 1T phase (i.e., octahedral phase) can function as a co-catalyst with multiple merits: (1) Noble-metal-free; (2) high mobility for charge transport; (3) high density of active sites for H2 evolution on basal planes; (4) good performance stability; (5) high light transparency. As demonstrated in both photocatalytic hydrogen production and Rhodamine B degradation, the developed hybrid structure with TiO2 exhibits excellent performance, in sharp contrast to bare TiO2 and the hybrid counterpart with 2H-MoS2.

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Received: 08 September 2014
Revised: 07 October 2014
Accepted: 08 October 2014
Published: 06 November 2014
Issue date: January 2015

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© Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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This work was financially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2014CB848900), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21101145 and 91123010), the Hok Ying Tung Education Foundation (No. 131012), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (No. 20123402110050), the Recruitment Program of Global Experts, the CAS Hundred Talent Program, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. WK2060190025 and WK2310000035).

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