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Type: Journal article
Title: A new metal-free carbon hybrid for enhanced photocatalysis
Author: Sun, H.
Zhou, G.
Wang, Y.
Suvorova, A.
Wang, S.
Citation: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2014; 6(19):16745-16754
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1944-8244
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Hongqi Sun, Guanliang Zhou, Yuxian Wang, Alexandra Suvorova, and Shaobin Wang
Abstract: Carbon nitride (C₃N₄) is a layered, stable, and polymeric metal-free material that has been discovered as a visible-light-response photocatalyst. Owing to C₃N₄ having a higher conduction band position, most previous studies have been focused on its reduction capability for solar fuel production, such as hydrogen generation from water splitting or hydrocarbon production from CO₂. However, photooxidation ability of g-C₃N₄ is weak and has been less explored, especially for decomposition of chemically stable phenolics. Carbon spheres prepared by a hydrothermal carbonization of glucose have been widely applied as a support material or template due to their interesting physicochemical properties and the functional groups on the reactive surface. This study demonstrated that growth of carbon nanospheres onto g-C₃N₄ (CN-CS) can significantly increase the photooxidation ability (to about 4.79 times higher than that of pristine g-C₃N₄) in phenol degradation under artificial sunlight irradiations. The crystal structure, optical property, morphology, surface groups, recombination rate of electron/hole pairs, and thermal stability of CN-CS were investigated by a variety of characterization techniques. This study contributes to the further promising applications of carbon nitride in metal-free catalysis.
Keywords: Carbon photocatalyst; metal-free catalysis; photodegradation; solar light; phenolics
Description: Published: September 12, 2014
Rights: © 2014 American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/am503820h
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