Tan, L., Xu, S. M., Wang, Z., Xu, Y., Wang, X., Hao, X., Bai, S., Ning, C., Wang, Y., Zhang, W., Jo, Y. K., Hwang, S. J., Cao, X., Zheng, X., Yan, H., Zhao, Y.*, Duan, H.*, Song, Y. F.*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 11860-11867.
Although progress has been made to improve photocatalytic CO2 reduction under visible light (λ>400 nm), the development of photocatalysts that can work under a longer wavelength (λ>600 nm) remains a challenge. Now, a heterogeneous photocatalyst system consisting of a ruthenium complex and a monolayer nickel-alumina layered double hydroxide (NiAl-LDH), which act as light-harvesting and catalytic units for selective photoreduction of CO2 and H2O into CH4 and CO under irradiation with λ>400 nm. By precisely tuning the irradiation wavelength, the selectivity of CH4 can be improved to 70.3 %, and the H2 evolution reaction can be completely suppressed under irradiation with λ>600 nm. The photogenerated electrons matching the energy levels of photosensitizer and m-NiAl-LDH only localized at the defect state, providing a driving force of 0.313 eV to overcome the Gibbs free energy barrier of CO2 reduction to CH4 (0.127 eV), rather than that for H2 evolution (0.425 eV).