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Crystals 2017, 7(9), 266; doi:10.3390/cryst7090266

Ultrathin g-C3N4 Nanosheet-Modified BiOCl Hierarchical Flower-Like Plate Heterostructure with Enhanced Photostability and Photocatalytic Performance

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471023, China
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 532100, China
State Key Lab of Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
Luoyang Orthopedic Hospital of Henan Province, Luoyang 471013, China
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Received: 22 July 2017 / Revised: 22 August 2017 / Accepted: 30 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Functional Multi-Scale Crystals)
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A novel ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheet-modified BiOCl hierarchical flower-like plate heterostructure (abbreviated as BC/CN) was constructed via a thermal polymerization of urea precursor followed with hydrolysis route. The as-prepared samples were well characterized by various analytical techniques. The morphological observation showed that hierarchical flower-like BiOCl nanoplates were discretely anchored on the surface of ultra-thin C3N4 nanosheets. The photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared photocatalysts was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible-light irradiation. The results showed that BC/CN photocatalyst exhibited enhanced photostability and photocatalytic performance in the degradation process. On the basis of experimental results and the analysis of band energy structure, it could be inferred that the enhanced photocatalytic performance of BC/CN photocatalyst was intimately related with the hybridization of hierarchical flower-like BiOCl nanoplates with ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets, which provided good adsorptive capacity, extended light absorption, suppressed the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs, and facilitated charge transfer efficiently. View Full-Text
Keywords: BiOCl/g-C3N4; heterostructure; visible light; photocatalytic performance BiOCl/g-C3N4; heterostructure; visible light; photocatalytic performance

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Jia, T.; Li, J.; Long, F.; Fu, F.; Zhao, J.; Deng, Z.; Wang, X.; Zhang, Y. Ultrathin g-C3N4 Nanosheet-Modified BiOCl Hierarchical Flower-Like Plate Heterostructure with Enhanced Photostability and Photocatalytic Performance. Crystals 2017, 7, 266.

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