Langmuir, Vol.35, No.36, 11629-11634, 2019
In Situ SERS Detection of Photocatalytic Degradation of Aminothiophenol on Carbon-Nanotubes/CoPt Hollow Nanoparticles Composite
The phenol derivatives, as one kind of hormone, are analogous to endocrine disruptors with high carcinogenicity. The photocatalytic technology is an effective approach to mitigate environmental pollution by utilizing solar energy to degrade organic pollutants. In this work, CoPt hollow nanoparticles (NPs) attached to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are employed to catalytically decompose the p-aminothiophenol (PATP) molecules under light irradiation, which is monitored by using surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectra. The effect of temperature on the catalytic efficacy of CoPt hollow NPs is investigated. Moreover, the use of CNTs coating on CoPt NPs is found to accelerate the photocatalytic degradation rate of PATP molecules, attributed to the enhanced plasmon-exciton coupling interaction of the CoPt/CNTs hybrid configuration.