Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.574, 61-73, 2020
Multidimensional assembly of oxygen vacancy-rich amorphous TiO2-BiOBr-sepiolite composite for rapid elimination of formaldehyde and oxytetracycline under visible light
Herein, a novel oxygen vacancy-rich amorphous TiO2-BiOBr-sepiolite composite was synthesized through a facile one-pot solvothermal method. Under visible light, it exhibited enhanced adsorption and photocatalytic removal activity towards gaseous formaldehyde, whose reaction rate constant is nearly 11.75, 3.44, 1.69, 2.18 and 6.27 times higher than those of amorphous TiO2, BiOBr, TiO2-BiOBr, oxygen vacancy-poor composite and P25, respectively. Moreover, it also displayed significantly improved photodegradation performance towards oxytetracycline under visible light. The improved photocatalytic activity is mainly ascribed to the synergy between the ternary heterogeneous structure and introduced oxygen vacancy, leading to the superior adsorption performance, extended visible-light adsorption scope and faster carriers' separation rate. The photogenerated holes are the dominant active species during the reaction process. Additionally, a plausible photocatalytic degradation pathway for oxytetracycline was also proposed. In general, this work provides a viable strategy of visible-light-driven photocatalyst for practical environmental remediation of indoor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.