A type-II interband alignment heterojunction architecture of cobalt titanate integrated UiO-66-NH: A visible light mediated photocatalytic approach directed towards Norfloxacin degradation and green energy (Hydrogen) evolution.

Author(s) Subudhi, S.; Paramanik, L.; Sultana, S.; Mansingh, S.; Mohapatra, P.; Parida, K.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2020 Feb 13

Environmental pollution and energy scarcity is a major issue of the current scenario which forbear the progress of developing world. To overcome these problems towards a sustainable future, the utilization of sunlight by means of photocatalysis can be regarded as a best and suitable pathway. To validate this purpose, design and development of efficient heterogeneous photocatalyst for harvesting solar energy should be the major research concern for scientific community. In this regard herein, we have prepared a series of stable and efficient CoTiO/UiO-66-NH p-n junction mediated heterogeneous photocatalyst by hydrothermal method. The functionalised linker of UiO-66-NH provided an intimate interfacial contact with CoTiO by Co/TiON ionic interaction, as proved by HRTEM and XPS analysis. Moreover the inverted V-shaped Mott-Schottky plot confirmed the junction formation in the optimised CoTiO/UiO-66-NH material. In addition, EIS and PL analysis also provides sufficient evidence about the hindrance of active species recombination in composite as a result of p-n hetero junction. LC-MS characterization technique traces the assorted intermediate species produced in the course of photodegradation of Norfloxacin and confirms its complete degradation to corresponding CO, HO and NH by the optimised CoTiO/UiO-66-NH. The highest photo-catalytic activity obtained towards Norfloxacin degradation is 90.13% and H production is 530.87 µmol in 1 h. The enhanced photo-catalytic reaction follows Type-II p-n hetero junction charge transfer mechanism and thus, paves a new way to design MOF based heterojunction photocatalyst for diverse photo catalytic performance.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.02.043
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2020;568:89105.

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