Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic performance of Ag/AgFeO2 decorated on g-C3N4-nanosheet under the visible light irradiation

Van-Huy Nguyen V. N. , Mousavi M., Ghasemi J. B. , Delbari S. A. , Quyet Van Le Q. V. L. , Asl M. S. , ...More

JOURNAL OF THE TAIWAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS, vol.115, pp.279-292, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 115
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jtice.2020.10.009
  • Page Numbers: pp.279-292


In this work, the CNNS/Ag/AgFeO2 photocatalysts were synthesized by the thermal polymerization-hydrothermal method, aiming for photocatalytic degradation of RhB under visible irradiation. Different advanced techniques such as X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analysis, and so on were employed to examine samples features. The results showed that the CNNS/Ag/AgFeO2 (15%) photocatalyst possess a higher potential for rhodamine B (RhB) photodegradation than pure CN and CNNS photocatalysts. The rate constant of CNNS/Ag/AgFeO2 (15%) (957x10(-4) min(-1)) is 55 and 5.8 times higher than of pure CN (17.3 x 10(-4) min(-1)) and CNNS (164x10(-4) min(-1)) photocatalysts, respectively. The reasons for the better photocatalytic performance of prepared nanocomposites can be attributed to the synergistic effect between CNNS and Ag/AgFeO2. Therefore, the ability of visible light absorption and separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs are effectively increased. A photocatalytic mechanism was presented, and suppressing the recombination of photogenerated charges resulting from the formation of the Z-scheme heterojunction was discussed. The prepared nanocomposite's photocatalytic performance for malachite green (MG), methyl orange (MO), and congo red (CR) degradation as organic dyes and phenol as a colorless pollutant were studied. Besides, after four photocatalytic cycles, there was no significant inactivity, indicating acceptable stability of the investigated nanocomposite. (c) 2020 Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.