Hybrid functionals study of band bowing, band edges and electronic structures of Cd1- xZnxS solid solution

Jian Chun Wu, Jianwei Zheng, Chelsey L. Zacherl, Ping Wu, Zi Kui Liu, Rong Xu

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We have systematically studied band bowing, band edges, and electronic properties of both zinc-blende and wurtzite Cd1-xZnxS solid solutions by using a special quasirandom structures approach combined with hybrid DFT calculations. Hybrid DFT gives a more accurate description of the lattice constants, formation enthalpies, and electronic structures of the parent semiconductors than standard DFT. Alloying CdS with ZnS causes a downward band bowing that is dominated by volume deformation. The conduction- and valence- band edges straddle the redox potentials of (O2/H2O) and (H+/H2) over the whole Zn concentration range. The high photocatalytic activity of Cd1-xZnxS is due to the elevation of the conduction band minimum (CBM). The optimal Zn content is around 0.5, determined as a result of balancing the elevation of the CBM and the widening of the band gap. The valence bandwidth increases with Zn content and thus raises the mobility of photogenerated holes, which may be related to photocorrosion and lead to the leaching of Zn in Cd1-xZnxS photocatalyst during water splitting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19741-19748
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number40
StatePublished - Oct 13 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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