Metal organic framework-derived C-doped ZnO/TiO2 nanocomposite catalysts for enhanced photodegradation of Rhodamine B

Yingming Wang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Lin Guo, Linqing Shang, Shengsong Ge, Gang Song, Nithesh Naik, Qian Shao, Jing Lin, Zhanhu Guo

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A series of C-doped ZnO/TiO2 composites with various molar ratios of ZnO to TiO2 were synthesized by one-step controllable pyrolysis of Zn/Ti bimetallic metal-organic frameworks (Zn/Ti-MOF). The Zn/Ti-MOF was prepared using a facile microwave hydrothermal method. Electron microscopic analysis proved that the composites presented regularity cubic morphology with an edge length of about 1 μm and the C atoms were successfully doped into ZnO/TiO2 composites. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurement results confirmed the C-doping in the ZnO/TiO2. Comparative experimental studies showed that 2% ZnO/TiO2 composites prepared with the calcination temperature of 600℃ displayed the best photocatalytic degradation efficiency (94%) of RhB under the simulated sunlight irradiation. Cyclical experiment indicated the high stability and reusability of 2% ZnO/TiO2 composites. Electron spin resonance (ESR) and trapping experiments illustrated that the produced [rad]O2 served as the main active species for the efficient RhB removal. This work provides an efficient way for preparing C-doped bimetal oxides composites, which would have an important application prospect in the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in environmental water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-576
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Publication statusPublished - 10-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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