The electrostatically derived self-assembly of cationic Zn-Cr-layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets and cationic CdS quantum dots (QDs) with anionic linkers leads to the formation of strongly coupled Zn-Cr-LDH-CdS nanohybrids. The hybridization with Zn-Cr-LDH leads to significant enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of CdS for visible-light-induced H2 generation, a property that is attributed to the depression of electron-hole recombination. In comparison with a direct hybridization method between oppositely charged species, this linker-mediated method provides greater flexibility in controlling the chemical composition and electronic coupling of the nanohybrids. The present hybridization strategy provides a useful method not only to couple two kinds of isocharged nanostructured materials, but also to explore efficient hybrid-type photocatalysts.
- Electronic coupling
- Linker-mediated hybridization