Enhanced Escherichia coli inactivation and oxytetracycline hydrochloride degradation by a Z-scheme silver iodide decorated bismuth vanadate nanocomposite under visible light irradiation.

Author(s) Guan, D.L.; Niu, C.G.; Wen, X.J.; Guo, H.; Deng, C.H.; Zeng, G.M.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2018 Feb 15

Novel Z-scheme AgI/BiVO4 photocatalysts were fabricated by a chemical deposition-precipitation approach. The photocatalytic activities of the obtained catalysts were evaluated by disinfection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and degradation of oxytetracycline hydrochloride (OTC-HCl) under visible-light irradiation. The BA3 (contained 9.09% of AgI) exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity and maintained good stability. It could completely inactivate 7.0×107 CFU/mL of E. coli in 50 min and degrade 80% of OTC-HCl in 60 min. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of AgI/BiVO4 composites could be ascribed to the lower recombination rate of electron-hole pairs. Meanwhile, radical trapping experiments revealed that the superoxide radical (O2-) and holes (h+) were the dominant reactive species in photo-disinfection process. Furthermore, the effects of bacterial initial concentration and inorganic anions were also investigated to optimize the photocatalyst for practical application. This study will give a new insight to construct the effective Z-scheme system for bacterial inactivation and organic pollutants degradation.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.10.068
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2018;512:272281.

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