TiO2 Single Crystal with Four-Truncated-Bipyramid Morphology as an Efficient Photocatalyst for Hydrogen Production



Diverse titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanostructures have attracted much attention recently due to their potential application in photocatalytic and photovoltaic fields. Here, the synthesis of a TiO2 single crystal with a novel four-truncated-bipyramid morphology is reported for the first time, produced by a simple hydrothermal method. Both peroxo titanic acid precursor and hydrofluoric acid capping agent are essential for the formation of this unique morphology. Moreover, the as-prepared TiO2 photocatalyst exhibits excellent hydrogen production activity from an ethanol–water solution, which is attributed to exposure of both high-energy {001} oxidative and low-energy {101} reductive facets in an optimal ratio. The current findings will contribute greatly to development of more novel photocatalysts with controllable microscopic structures for hydrogen production.