Novel Au/Cu2NiSnS4 Nano-Heterostructure: Synthesis, Structure, Heterojunction Band Offset and Alignment, and Interfacial Charge Transfer Dynamics

Yogesh A. Jadhav, Ganesh K. Rahane, Tanmay Goswami, Kusuma Jagadish, Kalyani Chordiya, Anurag Roy, Tushar Debnath, Sagar B. Jathar, Rupesh Devan, Mousumi Upadhyay Kahaly, Sachin R. Rondiya, Hirendra N. Ghosh, Nelson Y. Dzade

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Considering the importance of physics and chemistry at material interfaces, we have explored the coupling of multinary chalcogenide semiconductor Cu2NiSnS4 nanoparticles (CNTS NPs) for the first time with the noble metal (Au) to form Au-CNTS nano-heterostructures (NHSs). The Au-CNTS NHSs is synthesized by a simple facile hot injection method. Synergistic experimental and theoretical approaches are employed to characterize the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Au-CNTS NHSs. The absorption spectra demonstrate enhanced and broadened optical absorption in the ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) region, which is corroborated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) readings. CV measurements show type II staggered band alignment, with a conduction band offset (CBO) of 0.21 and 0.23 eV at the Au-CNTS/CdS and CNTS/CdS interface, respectively. Complementary first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations predict the formation of a stable Au-CNTS NHSs, with the Au nanoparticle transferring its electrons to the CNTS. Moreover, our interface analysis using ultrafast transient absorption experiments demonstrate that the Au-CNTS NHSs facilitates efficient transport and separation of photoexcited charge carriers when compared to pristine CNTS. The transient measurements further reveal a plasmonic electronic transfer from the Au nanoparticle to CNTS. Our advanced analysis and findings will prompt investigations into new functional materials and their photo/electrocatalysis and optoelectronic device applications in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21746-21756
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 1 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science

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