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SnO2 Composite Films for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities

Key Laboratory of Interfacial Reaction & Sensing Analysis in Universities of Shandong, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, China
Jinan Institute of Product Quality Inspections, Jinan 250022, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(10), 453;
Received: 7 September 2018 / Revised: 8 October 2018 / Accepted: 8 October 2018 / Published: 14 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hybrid Catalysis)
As a new type of promising semiconductor photocatalyst, SnO2 cannot be widely applied due to its low utilization efficiency to visible light and swift recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. These drawbacks were effectively overcome by preparing the B/Ag/F tridoped SnO2-ZnO composite films using the simple sol–gel method. The degradation of the methyl green and formaldehyde solutions was used to value the photocatalytic activity of the samples. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra and the UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy results of the samples illustrated that the B/Ag/F tridoped SnO2-ZnO composite film not only improved the lifetime of the charge carriers, but also enhanced their visible light absorption. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that the crystalline SnO2 was in the structure of rutile. As exhibited in the BET surface area results, the specific surface area of pure SnO2 was 19.9 m2g−1, while that of the B/Ag/F tridoped SnO2-ZnO was 85.3 m2g−1. Compared to pure SnO2, SnO2-ZnO, or the mono- or di-doped SnO2-ZnO films, the B/Ag/F tridoped SnO2-ZnO composite film had the highest photocatalytic activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: SnO2-ZnO film; B/Ag/F tridoping; photodegradation SnO2-ZnO film; B/Ag/F tridoping; photodegradation
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Han, K.; Peng, X.-L.; Li, F.; Yao, M.-M. SnO2 Composite Films for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities. Catalysts 2018, 8, 453.

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