0D/2D Z-Scheme Heterojunctions of Bismuth Tantalate Quantum Dots/Ultrathin g-CN Nanosheets for Highly Efficient Visible Light Photocatalytic Degradation of Antibiotics.

Author(s) Wang, K.; Zhang, G.; Li, J.; Li, Y.; Wu, X.
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2017 Dec 20

Constructing 0D/2D Z-scheme photocatalysts is a great promising path to improve photocatalytic activity by  efficiently enhancing charge separation. Herein, we fabricated a visible-light-responsive BiTaO quantum dots (QDs)/g-CN nanosheets (NSs) 0D/2D Z-scheme composite via a facile ultrasound method, and BiTaO QDs could be interspersed on the surface of g-CN NSs uniformly. Furthermore, the strong interaction between BiTaO QDs and g-CN NSs disturbed the CN heterocycles by forming C═O bonds between C atoms of the N-(C) group and O atoms of the Ta-O bond. The optimum composite with 20 wt % g-CN NSs showed the superior photocatalytic activity for degradation of ciprofloxacin (CIP) over the composites prepared by mechanical mixing and solid-state methods, the photocatalytic efficiency of which were 4 and 12.2 times higher than those of bare BiTaO and g-CN. Photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved transient PL decay spectra, and photocurrent together verify that the photogenerated hole-electron pairs in this 0D/2D Z-scheme composite have been effectively separated. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of as-synthesized photocatalysts could be attributed to the synergistic effect of efficient Z-scheme charge separation, highly dispersed 0D BiTaO nanocrystals, coordinating sites of 2D g-CN NSs and the strong coupling between them. This study might pave the way toward designing novel visible-light-induced 0D/2D photocatalyst systems for highly efficient degradation of antibiotics.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.7b14275
Keywords Anti-Bacterial Agents; Bismuth; Catalysis; Light; Nanostructures; Quantum Dots
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017;9(50):4370443715.

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