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Facile Fabrication of Z-Scheme Bi2WO6/WO3 Composites for Efficient Photodegradation of Bisphenol A with Peroxymonosulfate Activation

State Key Laboratory of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, College of Environment and Ecology, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(4), 724;
Received: 22 March 2020 / Revised: 7 April 2020 / Accepted: 8 April 2020 / Published: 11 April 2020
The rational fabrication of direct Z-scheme heterostructures photocatalysts is a pivotal strategy to boost the interfacial charge migration and separation. Herein, direct Z-scheme Bi2WO6/WO3 composites were rationally fabricated for the degradation of bisphenol A combined with the activation of peroxymonosulfate (PMS). The tight interface contact between Bi2WO6 and WO3 was successfully formed by the in situ epitaxial growth of ultrathin Bi2WO6 nanosheets at the surface of WO3 nanorods. The Bi2WO6/WO3 composite presented highly efficient catalytic performance toward degradation of BPA with PMS activation as compared to the WO3 and Bi2WO6. PMS can dramatically boost the photocatalytic activity of the composites. Moreover, the results of active radical scavenging experiments revealed that h+, •O2, and •SO4 are critical active species in the photodegradation reaction. Finally, the photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of BPA is also discussed in detail. The great improvement of photocatalytic performance should be ascribed to the effective formation of the direct Z-scheme heterojunctions between Bi2WO6 and WO3, resulting in improved light absorption, an efficient transfer and separation of photoinduced charge carriers, and a considerable amount of the electrons and holes with strong reduction and oxidation abilities. The study might provide new inspirations to design and construct heterostructured nanomaterials with outstanding photoactivity for environmental remediation. View Full-Text
Keywords: bisphenol A; peroxymonosulfate; photocatalysis; composites; Z-scheme bisphenol A; peroxymonosulfate; photocatalysis; composites; Z-scheme
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Huang, Y.; Kou, S.; Zhang, X.; Wang, L.; Lu, P.; Zhang, D. Facile Fabrication of Z-Scheme Bi2WO6/WO3 Composites for Efficient Photodegradation of Bisphenol A with Peroxymonosulfate Activation. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 724.

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