Author(s) Wang, X.; Jiang, S.; Huo, X.; Xia, R.; Muhire, E.; Gao, M.
Journal Nanotechnology
Date Published 2018 May 18

In this article, mechanical grinding, an effortless and super-effective synthetic strategy, is used to successfully synthesize a TiO2 quantum dot (TiOQD)/graphitic carbon nitride (g-CN) heterostructure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results together with transmission electron microscopy reveal the formation of the TiOQD/g-CN heterostructure with strong interfacial interaction. Because of the advantages of this characteristic, the prepared heterostructure exhibits excellent properties for photocatalytic wastewater treatment. Notably, the optimum photocatalytic activity of the TiOQD/g-CN heterostructure is nearly 3.4 times higher than that of the g-CN nanosheets used for the photodegradation of rhodamine B pollutant. In addition, the stability and possible degradation mechanism of the TiOQD/g-CN heterojunction are studied in detail. This method may stimulate an effective approach to synthesizing QD-sensitized semiconductor materials and facilitate their application in environmental protection.

DOI 10.1088/1361-6528/aab1be
ISSN 1361-6528
Citation Nanotechnology. 2018;29(20):205702.

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