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|Title:||A new metal-free carbon hybrid for enhanced photocatalysis|
|Citation:||ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2014; 6(19):16745-16754|
|Publisher:||American Chemical Society|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Chemical Engineering publications|
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