Fabrication of novel g-C3N4/nanocage ZnS composites with enhanced photocatalytic activities under visible light irradiation
2014 (English)In: CrysteEngComm, ISSN 1466-8033, Vol. 16, no 21, 4485-4492 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In order to develop efficient visible light-driven photocatalysts for environmental applications, novel g-C3N4/nanocage ZnS composites have been successfully fabricated via an anion exchange route using ZIF-8 as a self-sacrificing template. The as-prepared g-C3N4/ZnS composites were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and photoluminescence. In addition, the photocatalytic oxidation of organic contaminants in aqueous solution was investigated with the g-C3N4/ZnS composite system under visible light irradiation by using rhodamine B as a model compound. The results indicate that the g-C3N4/ZnS composite photocatalysts show higher photocatalytic activity than the single component (pure g-C3N4 or ZnS). More specifically, the optimum photocatalytic activity of the g-C3N4/ZnS composite was achieved with a weight ratio of 6 : 1, which is as high as 37.8 and 2.8 times those of individual ZnS and g-C3N4 under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of g-C3N4/ZnS is mainly attributed to an efficient electron-hole separation at the interface of the two semiconductors, as determined by photoluminescence spectroscopy. Moreover, it is observed that. O-2 is the main active species in the photocatalytic oxidation of RhB solution using a g-C3N4/nanocage ZnS composite.
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2014. Vol. 16, no 21, 4485-4492 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105267DOI: 10.1039/c4ce00107aISI: 000335923800020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105267DiVA: diva2:728921