Visible-light-driven, hierarchically heterostructured, and flexible silver/bismuth oxyiodide/titania nanofibrous membranes for highly efficient water disinfection.

Author(s) Song, J.; Yu, J.; Sun, G.; Si, Y.; Ding, B.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2019 Aug 06

Constructing a flexible inorganic membrane photocatalyst for efficient visible-light-driven water disinfection is highly desired but remains a great challenge. Herein, we fabricated a flexible and heterostructured silver/bismuth oxyiodide/titania (Ag/BiOI/TiO) nanofibrous membrane by combining the electrospinning technique with simple successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and photodeposition process. In this ternary nanocomposite, ultrathin BiOI nanoplates were firmly anchored onto TiO nanofibers, while Ag nanoparticles were uniformly decorated on the surface of both BiOI and TiO. Benefiting from the large surface area, improved visible-light absorption, and the effective interfacial charge transfer induced by multi-heterojunctions, the resultant Ag/BiOI/TiO membrane exhibited superior photocatalytic disinfection activity (7.5 log inactivation of E. coli within 1 h) under visible light illumination. Moreover, the plasmonic Z-scheme charge transfer mode was also proposed for Ag/BiOI/TiO system according to the band structure and reactive species analysis. More significantly, the Ag/BiOI/TiO membrane-based photoreactor could be facilely constructed for high-efficiency disinfection of high volume contaminated water, and the membrane still maintained good structural integrity and mechanical flexibility after utilization. This work may open up new avenues for designing and constructing flexible high-performance photocatalytic membranes for environmental applications.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2019.08.017
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2019;555:636646.

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