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Enhanced Solar Light Photocatalytic Activity of Ag Doped TiO2–Ag3PO4 Composites

Laboratoire de Recherche Catalyse et Matériaux pour l’Environnement et les Procédés URCMEP (UR11ES85), Faculté des Sciences de Gabès, Université de Gabès, Campus Universitaire Cité Erriadh, Gabès 6072, Tunisia
Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 6, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Via Sommarive 9, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(4), 795;
Received: 24 March 2020 / Revised: 13 April 2020 / Accepted: 14 April 2020 / Published: 21 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanocontainers, Nano-Adsorbents, and Their Polymer Composites)
Composites comprised of Ag3PO4 and bare TiO2 (TiO2@Ag3PO4) or silver doped TiO2 ([email protected]2–Ag3PO4) have been synthesized by coupling sol–gel and precipitation methods. For the sake of comparison, also the bare components have been similarly prepared. All the samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), photoelectrochemical measurements, and specific surface area (SSA) analysis. The optoelectronic and structural features of the samples have been related to their photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 4–nitrophenol under solar and UV light irradiation. Coupling Ag3PO4 with silver doped TiO2 mitigates photocorrosion of the Ag3PO4 counterpart, and remarkably improves the photocatalytic activity under solar light irradiation with respect to the components, to the TiO2–Ag3PO4 sample, and to the benchmark TiO2 Evonik P25. These features open the route to future applications of this material in the field of environmental remediation. View Full-Text
Keywords: [email protected]2–Ag3PO4 heterojunction; solar photocatalysis; 4–nitrophenol degradation; sol–gel synthesis [email protected]2–Ag3PO4 heterojunction; solar photocatalysis; 4–nitrophenol degradation; sol–gel synthesis
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Hamrouni, A.; Azzouzi, H.; Rayes, A.; Palmisano, L.; Ceccato, R.; Parrino, F. Enhanced Solar Light Photocatalytic Activity of Ag Doped TiO2–Ag3PO4 Composites. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 795.

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