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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 327; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8030327

Surface Decorated Zn0.15Cd0.85S Nanoflowers with P25 for Enhanced Visible Light Driven Photocatalytic Degradation of Rh-B and Stability

State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
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Received: 22 January 2018 / Revised: 10 February 2018 / Accepted: 17 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
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Decoration of Zn0.15Cd0.85S nanoflowers with P25 for forming P25/Zn0.15Cd0.85S nanocomposite has been successfully synthesized with fine crystallinity by one-step low temperature hydrothermal method. Photocatalytic efficiency of the as-prepared P25/Zn0.15Cd0.85S for the degradation of Rh-B is evaluated under the visible light irradiation. The synthesized composite is completely characterized with XRD, FESEM, TEM, BET, and UV-vis DRS. TEM observations reveal that P25 is closely deposited on the Zn0.15Cd0.85S nanoflowers with maintaining its nanoflower morphology. The photocatalytic activity of the as-obtained photocatalyst shows that the P25/Zn0.15Cd0.85S exhibits very high catalytic activity for degradation of Rh-B under visible light irradiation due to an increasing of the active sites and enhancing the catalyst stability because of the minimum recombination of the photo-induced electrons and holes. Moreover, it is found that the nanocomposite retains its photocatalytic activity even after four cycles. In addition, to explain the mechanism of degradation, scavengers are used to confirm the reactive species. Photo-generated holes and OH play a significant role in the visible light of P25/Zn0.15Cd0.85S nanocomposite induced degradation system, but electrons play the most important role. View Full-Text
Keywords: Zn doped CdS; P25 decoration; photocatalysis; hydrothermal method; scavenger method Zn doped CdS; P25 decoration; photocatalysis; hydrothermal method; scavenger method
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Alomar, M.; Liu, Y.; Chen, W. Surface Decorated Zn0.15Cd0.85S Nanoflowers with P25 for Enhanced Visible Light Driven Photocatalytic Degradation of Rh-B and Stability. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 327.

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