Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol.245, 343-350, 2019
3D graphene/AgBr/Ag cascade aerogel for efficient photocatalytic disinfection
To design semiconductor-based photocatalysts with efficient charge carriers separation and transfer remains an enduring goal of artificial photosynthesis toward target redox reactions. Herein, we report a cascade monolith composite of ternary reduced graphene oxide aerogel/silver bromide/silver (RGA/AgBr/Ag) with efficient charge carriers separation, which exhibits much higher activity than bare AgBr toward photocatalytic bacteria inactivation. Mechanistic studies reveal that the reduced graphene oxide aerogel (RGA) scaffold and Ag nano particles serve as electron relay mediators to promote the charge carriers separation and transfer. In addition, the metallic Ag nanoparticles derived from the photoreduction of AgBr during the photocatalytic disinfection can further boost the separation of charge carriers. Control experiments demonstrate that the surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-excited hot electrons of Ag nanoparticles also contribute to enhancing the photoactivity of RGA/ AgBr/Ag. As such, the synergy of multiple electron transfer behavior integratively leads to the boosted photo catalytic performance of such RGA/AgBr/Ag aerogel for bacteria inactivation with convenient recyclable operability.