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Photocatalytic Performance of SiO2/CNOs/TiO2 to Accelerate the Degradation of Rhodamine B under Visible Light

by Weike Zhang 1,*,†, Yanrong Zhang 1,†, Kai Yang 2, Yanqing Yang 1,*, Jia Jia 1 and Lijun Guo 1
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School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
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Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Yanrong Zhang contributed equally to this work with Weike Zhang and should be considered co-first authors.
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(12), 1671; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9121671 (registering DOI)
Received: 20 October 2019 / Revised: 12 November 2019 / Accepted: 18 November 2019 / Published: 22 November 2019
A silicon dioxide/carbon nano onions/titanium dioxide (SiO2/CNOs/TiO2) composite was synthesized by a simple sol-gel method and characterized by the methods of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis DRS). In this work, the photocatalytic activity of the SiO2/CNOs/TiO2 photocatalyst was assessed by testing the degradation rate of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light. The results indicated that the samples exhibited the best photocatalytic activity when the composite consisted of 3% CNOs and the optimum dosage of SiO2/CNOs/TiO2(3%) was 1.5 g/L as evidenced by the highest RhB degradation rate (96%). The SiO2/CNOs/TiO2 composite greatly improved the quantum efficiency of TiO2. This work provides a new option for the modification of subsequent nanocomposite oxide nanoparticles. View Full-Text
Keywords: titanium dioxide; carbon nano onions; silicon dioxide; rhodamine B; photocatalytic degradation titanium dioxide; carbon nano onions; silicon dioxide; rhodamine B; photocatalytic degradation
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Zhang, W.; Zhang, Y.; Yang, K.; Yang, Y.; Jia, J.; Guo, L. Photocatalytic Performance of SiO2/CNOs/TiO2 to Accelerate the Degradation of Rhodamine B under Visible Light. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 1671.

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