Here we report for the first time that the H2 bubbles generated by photocatalytic water splitting are effective in the layer-by-layer exfoliation of MoS2 nanocrystals (NCs) into few layers. The as-obtained few layers can be in situ assembled with CdS nanosheets (NSs) into van der Waals heterostructures (vdWHs) of few-layered MoS2/CdS NSs which, in turn, are effective in charge separation and transfer, leading to enhanced photocatalytic H2 production activity. The few-layered MoS2/CdS vdWHs exhibited a H2 evolution rate of 140 mmol g(CdS)-1 h-1 and achieved an apparent quantum yield of 66% at 420 nm.
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