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Synthesis of Ag3PO4/G-C3N4 Composite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance for the Photodegradation of Diclofenac under Visible Light Irradiation

State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(2), 45;
Received: 3 December 2017 / Revised: 17 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 January 2018 / Published: 25 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organic Photoredox Catalysis)
A new visible-light-driven heterojunction Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 was prepared by a simple deposition-precipitation method for the degradation analysis of diclofenac (DCF), a model drug component, under visible-light irradiation. The heterojunction photocatalysts were characterized by a suite of tools. The results revealed that the introduction of Ag3PO4 on the surface of g-C3N4 greatly promoted its stability and light absorption performance. In addition, the effects of the heterojunction mixing ratios were studied, when the molar ratio of Ag3PO4 to g-C3N4 in the composite was 30%, the as-prepared photocatalyst Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 (30%) possessed the best photocatalytic activity toward the photodegradation of DCF, and the optimal photocatalyst showed a DCF degradation rate of 0.453 min−1, which was almost 34.8 and 6.4 times higher than those of pure g-C3N4 (0.013 min−1) and Ag3PO4 (0.071 min−1) under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 400 nm). The trapping experimental results showed that h+, ·OH, and ·O2 were the main reactive oxygen species during the photocatalytic reaction. The improved performance of the composites was induced by the high charge separation efficiency of the photogeneration electron-hole pairs as well as the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) endowed in the Ag0 nanoparticles, and ultimately enhanced the DCF photodegradation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ag3PO4/g-C3N4; heterojunction; visible-light photocatalysis; diclofenac Ag3PO4/g-C3N4; heterojunction; visible-light photocatalysis; diclofenac
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Zhang, W.; Zhou, L.; Shi, J.; Deng, H. Synthesis of Ag3PO4/G-C3N4 Composite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance for the Photodegradation of Diclofenac under Visible Light Irradiation. Catalysts 2018, 8, 45.

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