Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol.206, 242-251, 2017
Combination of ultrafast dye-sensitized-assisted electron transfer process and novel Z-scheme system: AgBr nanoparticles interspersed MoO3 nanobelts for enhancing photocatalytic performance of RhB
Inspired by the natural photosynthesis in green plants, artificial heterogeneous Z-scheme photocatalytic systems are widely used to settle environmental concerns and energy crises; and their excellent characteristics come from long-term stability, wide absorption range, high charge-separation efficiency, and strong redox ability. However, the contribution of the surface-adsorbed dyes antenna molecule is seldom considered in the process of Z-scheme photocatalysis. In this study, we construct AgBr quantum dots decorated MoO3 nanobelts as a novel Z-scheme photocatalyst by an oriented diffusing and charge induced deposition. For the first time, we find the synergistic effect caused by the suitable energy band match among RhB dyes, AgBr nanoparticles, and MoO3 nanobelts, leading to the ultrafast dye-sensitized assisted electron transfer process. This is responsible for excellent photocatalytic activities of the achieved AgBr/MoO3 monolithic catalyst for degrading RhB under visible light irradiation. Simultaneously, changing of the band gaps and detailed mechanism for high efficiency degradation is analyzed and explored by theoretical calculations and designing further experiments. It is proposed that ultrafast degradation of the RhB on the AgBr/MoO3 nanocomposites is due to both the photocatalytic process and the dye sensitization; the superoxide radical O-center dot(2)-, which is produced by accumulated dye-sensitization-induced abundant electrons with powerful potential in the CB of AgBr accompanying by quick combination of electrons in the CB of MoO3 with photogenerated holes in the VB of AgBr, is a dominant reactive species for the degradation of RhB under visible light irradiation. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Z-scheme photocatalyst;AgBr/MoO3;Dye-sensitized-assisted electron transfer;Theoretical calculations;Degradation mechanism