Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.30, No.8, 1664-1671, 2019
In-situ synthesis and characterizations of Bi-2(O,S)(3)/Zn(O,S) composites for visible light hexavalent chromium reduction
Heterojunction construction with low band gap materials is an effective way of utilizing UV light active materials under visible light irradiation. Here, we report the synthesis of Bi-2(O,S)(3)/Zn(O,S) heterostructure using simple solvothermal method without surfactant. The catalysts were investigated with different characterization techniques. All the composite catalysts showed high light absorption capacity in the whole visible light spectrum. The catalytic activity of the catalysts was evaluated by Cr(VI) reduction. While pure Zn(O, S) catalyst showed no significant Cr(VI) reduction, higher photocatalytic activity than individual components were exhibited after heterojunction construction with Bi-2(O,S)(3). 20-BiZnOS catalyst with Bi/Zn molar percentage of 20% showed the best photocatalytic activity among the composites with 99.5% Cr(VI) reduction within 12 min under visible light irradiation. Heterojunction formation between Bi-2(O,S)(3) and Zn(O, S) nanoparticle, and selective adsorption of Cr(VI) and desorption of Cr(III) on the surface of 20-BiZnOS composite catalyst were ascribed to the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the composite catalyst. (C) 2019 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.