Electrochemistry of Layered Graphitic Carbon Nitride Synthesised from Various Precursors: Searching for Catalytic Effects

Ying Teng Yew, Chee Shan Lim, Alex Yong Sheng Eng, Junghoon Oh, Sungjin Park, Martin Pumera

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Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), synthesised by pyrolysis of different precursors (dicyandiamide, melamine and urea) under varying reaction conditions (air and nitrogen gas) is subjected to electrochemical studies for the elucidation of the inherent catalytic efficiency of the pristine material. Contrary to popular belief, pristine g-C3N4 shows negligible, if any, enhancement in its electrochemical behaviour in this comprehensive study. Voltammetric analysis reveals g-C3N4 to display similar catalytic efficiency to the unmodified glassy carbon electrode surface on which the bulk material was deposited. This highlights the non-catalytic nature of the pristine material and challenges the feasibility of using g-C3N4 as a heterogeneous catalyst to deliver numerous promised applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-488
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 16


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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