Fabrication of Ag-Doped ZnO Photocatalysts Derived From MIL-125(Zn) With Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity
Frontiers in Energy Research
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been widely used in various fields, including gas storage, separation, sensors, and catalysis, owing to their excellent performance. In this study, a zinc-based MOF [MIL-125(Zn)] was successfully synthesized using the solvothermal method, and Ag-doped ZnO (Ag/ZnO) was prepared by pyrolyzing Ag/MIL-125(Zn). The fabricated Ag/ZnO was used as a photocatalyst for rhodamine (RhB) degradation. Results showed that the MIL-125(Zn) derived from Ag/ZnO exhibits
... r photocatalytic activity. It can degrade 99.4% of RhB under 20-min ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, higher than those achieved using ZnO (73.2%) and MIL-125(ZnO) (19.6%). Furthermore, Ag/ZnO shows excellent stability. After four photocatalytic degradation cycles, the photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO reduces by only 3.6%. The excellent photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO may be attributed to the synergistic effect of Ag nanoparticles and ZnO. The possible photocatalytic mechanism of RhB degradation on the Ag/ZnO photocatalyst under UV light irradiation was proposed.