Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.32, No.2, 346-357, 2021
The effects of S-doping concentration on the photocatalytic performance of SnSe/S-GO nanocomposites
The effects of S-doped graphene oxide (S-GO) on the photocatalytic performance of SnSe nanostructures have been investigated. Different concentrations of S-doping as 2S-GO, 4S-GO, and 6S-GO (2, 4, and 6% in weight) have been synthesized. Characterization results indicated sulfur not only has successfully placed in the GO structure and a part of the GO sheet has been changed into reduced GO (rGO) by sulfur doping but also the surface morphology of the GO sheets has been changed from a smooth surface to fractured crack surfaces. The results showed that the increase of sulfur content caused the morphology of the SnSe nanostructures was changed from nanoparticles (NPs) into nanorods (NRs). The photocatalytic activity of the samples to degrade dyes under the visible-light irradiation conditions was carried out and it was observed an enhancement photocatalytic performance for the SnSe/2S-rGO nanocomposites in comparison to the other samples. More than 95% of dyes were degraded by the SnSe/2S-rGO nanocomposites for only 60 min. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and electrical measurement results indicated the textural properties and conductivity of GO sheets were improved by sulfur doping. In addition, the photogenerated electron lifetime (tau(r)) of the SnSe/rGO and SnSe/S-rGO nanocomposites has been measured by the Bode phase plot and it was observed a lifetime of tau(r) = 71.1 and 31.7 ls for the SnSe/S-rGO and SnSe/ rGO nanocomposites, respectively. (c) 2020 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.