Noble Metal-Free TiO2-Coated Carbon Nitride Layers for Enhanced Visible Light-Driven Photocatalysis

Bo Zhang, Xiangfeng Peng, Zhao Wang
2020 Nanomaterials  
Composites of g-C3N4/TiO2 were one-step prepared using electron impact with dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma as the electron source. Due to the low operation temperature, TiO2 by the plasma method shows higher specific surface area and smaller particle size than that prepared via conventional calcination. Most interestingly, electron impact produces more oxygen vacancy on TiO2, which facilitates the recombination and formation of heterostructure of g-C3N4/TiO2. The composites have
more » ... omposites have higher light absorption capacity and lower charge recombination efficiency. g-C3N4/TiO2 by plasma can produce hydrogen at a rate of 219.9 μmol·g−1·h−1 and completely degrade Rhodamine B (20mg·L−1) in two hours. Its hydrogen production rates were 3 and 1.5 times higher than that by calcination and pure g-C3N4, respectively. Electron impact, ozone and oxygen radical also play key roles in plasma preparation. Plasma has unique advantages in metal oxides defect engineering and the preparation of heterostructured composites with prospective applications as photocatalysts for pollutant degradation and water splitting.
doi:10.3390/nano10040805 pmid:32340144 fatcat:j4cjm3nynndern2lquunsbywsa