화학공학소재연구정보센터
Journal of Materials Science, Vol.56, No.11, 6645-6662, 2021
Highly dispersed Zn0.5Cd0.5S nanoparticles anchored on NiCo2O4 nanosheets as the direct Z-scheme heterojunction for enhanced visible light photocatalysis
By virtue of their green and environmentally friendly properties, photocatalysis has become one of the most ideal solutions for antibiotic pollution. Herein, a series of direct Z-scheme Zn0.5Cd0.5S/NiCo2O4 photocatalysts have been successfully fabricated. The obtained Zn0.5Cd0.5S/NiCo2O4 photocatalysts displayed outstanding photocatalytic performance for tetracycline hydrochloride (TC-HCl) degradation under the irradiation of a low-energy lamp (white LED lamp, 5 W). Compared to pure Zn0.5Cd0.5S nanoparticles and NiCo2O4 nanosheets, the Zn0.5Cd0.5S/NiCo2O4 photocatalysts exhibited significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity. This pleasantly surprised result can be attributed to the formation of Z-scheme heterojunction, which effectively inhibited the recombination of electron-hole pairs and boosted the transfer efficiency of photoinduced electrons. Moreover, anchoring Zn0.5Cd0.5S nanoparticles on the surface of NiCo2O4 nanosheets can effectively reduce the aggregation of Zn0.5Cd0.5S nanoparticles and thus increase the active site. Furthermore, free radical trapping experiments confirmed that center dot O2- and h(+) radicals play a major role in the photocatalytic process and verified the rationality of the proposed Z-scheme mechanism. Therefore, our study provides a simple strategy for the construction of direct Z-scheme system with outstanding photocatalytic performance. [GRAPHICS]