BiVO4 ternary photocatalyst co-modified with N-doped graphene nanodots and Ag nanoparticles for improved photocatalytic oxidation: A significant enhancement in photoinduced carrier separation and broad-spectrum light absorption

Published on Jun 1, 2021in Separation and Purification Technology5.774
· DOI :10.1016/J.SEPPUR.2021.118423
Changchang Ma3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Jiangsu University),
Syed Taj Ud Din2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Dongguk University)
+ 4 AuthorsWoochul Yang17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Dongguk University)
Abstract The efficient removal of antibiotics in water is essential to protect aquatic environment as antibiotics are some of the most hazardous pollutants in water. Herein, we report the synthesis of a novel N-GNDs/Ag/BiVO4 ternary photocatalyst consisting of BiVO4 coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and nitrogen-doped graphene nanodots (N-GNDs) to degrade and mineralize tetracycline hydrochloride (TC•HCl) in water. The ternary photocatalyst shows higher photocatalytic degradation of TC•HCl under full spectrum light than pure BiVO4. Based on the morphology, crystalline structure, physicochemical properties, and photoelectrochemical behavior of the ternary photocatalyst, the enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to the upconversion effect of N-GNDs and the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect of Ag-NPs. Thus, the synergetic effects expand the absorption range of light and significantly promotes the separation of photoexcited carriers. Further, a possible photocatalytic reaction mechanism of TC•HCl degradation over N-GNDs/Ag/BiVO4 is discussed via through investigation of the charge carrier migration, active species, and intermediates in the degradation processes.
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