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Visible-light-driven photodegradation of rhodamine B on Ag-modified BiOBr

Visible-light-driven photodegradation of rhodamine B on Ag-modified BiOBr
Visible-light-driven photodegradation of rhodamine B on Ag-modified BiOBr
Ag-modified BiOBr composite photocatalysts were prepared via a simple phase-transfer methodology and used for cleanup of Rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis-DRS) and high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectra characterizations confirmed the Ag-modification significantly affected the optical property, structures and reactivity of the BiOBr-based photocatalysts. In the Ag-modification process, a large portion of Ag+ may extract Br1- from BiOBr and the as-formed AgBr epitaxially located along the {102} crystal surface of BiOBr. The rest Ag+ will be either photo-reduced by methanol into Ag-0 or form Ag2O. In nature, the Ag-modified BiOBr materials are multi-junction photocatalysts of Ag/Ag2O/AgBr/BiOBr. The Ag-modification can greatly enhance the absorption of visible light but deteriorates the photocatalytic activity in comparison to the primitive BiOBr in visible-light-driven photodegradation of RhB. The activity of RhB photodegradation on such catalysts is inversely proportional to AgBr loading within 0.2-2.0 wt% region. Such unusual photocatalytic performance was tentatively attributed to the special band structure of the materials.
visible light, photocatalysis, BiOBr, ag modification, rhodamine b
1011-372X
771-778
Lu, Lufeng
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Kong, Liang
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Jiang, Zheng
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Lai, Henry H.C.
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Xiao, Tiancun
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Edwards, Peter P.
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Lu, Lufeng
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Jiang, Zheng
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Lai, Henry H.C.
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Edwards, Peter P.
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Lu, Lufeng, Kong, Liang, Jiang, Zheng, Lai, Henry H.C., Xiao, Tiancun and Edwards, Peter P. (2012) Visible-light-driven photodegradation of rhodamine B on Ag-modified BiOBr. Catalysis Letters, 142 (6), 771-778. (doi:10.1007/s10562-012-0824-2).

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Ag-modified BiOBr composite photocatalysts were prepared via a simple phase-transfer methodology and used for cleanup of Rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis-DRS) and high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectra characterizations confirmed the Ag-modification significantly affected the optical property, structures and reactivity of the BiOBr-based photocatalysts. In the Ag-modification process, a large portion of Ag+ may extract Br1- from BiOBr and the as-formed AgBr epitaxially located along the {102} crystal surface of BiOBr. The rest Ag+ will be either photo-reduced by methanol into Ag-0 or form Ag2O. In nature, the Ag-modified BiOBr materials are multi-junction photocatalysts of Ag/Ag2O/AgBr/BiOBr. The Ag-modification can greatly enhance the absorption of visible light but deteriorates the photocatalytic activity in comparison to the primitive BiOBr in visible-light-driven photodegradation of RhB. The activity of RhB photodegradation on such catalysts is inversely proportional to AgBr loading within 0.2-2.0 wt% region. Such unusual photocatalytic performance was tentatively attributed to the special band structure of the materials.

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Published date: June 2012
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Keywords: visible light, photocatalysis, BiOBr, ag modification, rhodamine b
Organisations: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 352797
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352797
ISSN: 1011-372X
PURE UUID: 3fb74869-5991-46da-abd2-13dbfe80a80c
ORCID for Zheng Jiang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7972-6175

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Date deposited: 21 May 2013 11:42
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:36

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Author: Lufeng Lu
Author: Liang Kong
Author: Zheng Jiang ORCID iD
Author: Henry H.C. Lai
Author: Tiancun Xiao
Author: Peter P. Edwards

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