A Novel Delafossite Structured Visible-Light Sensitive AgFeO2 Photocatalyst: Preparation, Photocatalytic Properties, and Reaction Mechanism

Lu Yin, Yubin Shi, Lian Lu, Rongye Fang, Xiankai Wan, Huixiang Shi
2016 Catalysts  
This work presents a systematic study of a novel efficient visible-light sensitive AgFeO 2 photocatalyst. The photocatalysts were prepared via simple hydrothermal procedure at 160˝C with different reaction time. The structures, morphologies, specific surface areas, and optical properties of the photocatalysts were explored by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) model, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS).
more » ... a (DRS). Photoluminescence and photocurrent analysis were conducted for the understanding of photogenerated electron-hole pair separation. AgFeO 2 with a six-hour hydrothermal procedure demonstrated the most efficient photocatalytic performance which resulted in 97% degradation of methyl orange (MO) within 180 min. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was attributed to the combined effect of its relatively large surface area and high separation electron-hole pair efficiency. Holes and¨O 2´w ere the dominant reactive species responsible for MO degradation and holes played the leading role according to the quenching effects analysis and detection of active species. The conduction and valence band position of AgFeO 2 were calculated to be´0.5 V and 1.32 V, respectively. Based on active species detection, along with the band structure, the photocatalytic mechanism was proposed.
doi:10.3390/catal6050069 fatcat:fs5citrlmndjxaxcyji4coehdy