Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.548, 293-302, 2019
Hierarchical fabrication Z-scheme photocatalyst of BiVO4 (040)-Ag@CdS for enhanced photocatalytic properties under simulated sunlight irradiation
Interfacial charge separation and heterojunction system are conductive to improving its photocatalytic performance. Herein, we designed a novel photocatalyst of Z-scheme BiVO4 (0 4 0)-Ag@CdS, in which Ag was photo-deposition on the (0 4 0) facets of BiVO4 as the "linker" between BiVO4 and CdS. Characterizations of XRD and SEM clearly revealed that the BiVO4 (0 4 0)-Ag@CdS was prepared through hierarchical fabrication. The photoelectrochemical performances demonstrated BiVO4 with high proportion (0 4 0) facet and CdS with nanorods structure could drastically improve the photocatalytic performance. Then, the 100%BiVO4 (0 4 0)-Ag@CdS presented an excellent photodegradation rate towards tetracycline hydrochloride, which is 8.67 times than that of single BiVO4. In addition, the results of light assisted Fenton-like oxidation revealed that the 100%BiVO4 (0 4 0)-Ag@CdS performed the highest photodegradation rate towards 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid with the assist of 12 mM H2O2 under the irradiation of simulated sunlight, and the photodegradation pathway was analyzed through GC-MS. This contribution provides a novel insight for improving the separation efficiency of photoelectron hole pair and photodegradate towards refractory organic pollutants. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.