Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Volume (160), No (11), Year (2017-1) , Pages (484-493)

Title : ( Highly efficient photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity of solar light driven WO3/g-C3N4 nanocomposite )

Authors: Mahdi Karimi , Elaheh Kafshdare Goharshadi ,

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In this work, using compositing of two semiconductors WO3 and g-C3N4 (WO3:g-C3N4=1:1, 1:3, and 3:1), we achieved the best solar light driven photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity of WO3/g-C3N4 nanocomposite was investigated using the photodegradation of an azo dye, Reactive black 5 (RB5) and photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution. The WO3/g-C3N4 nanocomposite with a mass ratio of 1:3 (W1G3) showed the highest photocatalytic activity in degrading the most stable component (benzene component) of RB5 under solar light irradiation. By using different scavengers, it was determined that superoxide radical anion is the main reactive species for the photocatalytic degradation of RB5. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and linear sweep voltammetry techniques were used to investigate electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of WO3/g-C3N4 nanocomposite. W1G3 showed the best electrochemical property compared with WO3, g-C3N4, and other nanocomposites because of the strongest anodic current density in the cyclic voltammetry. The anodic currents of W1G3 in CV exhibited an enhancement of 3.4 and 1.2 fold compared to those of the WO3 and g-C3N4, respectively. The electrode parameters for photoelectrochemical properties, obtained by linear sweep voltammetry technique, confirmed that W1G3 nanocomposite is an effective photocatalyst for photoelectrochemical water reduction reaction. The excellent photocatalytic properties of this nanocomposite is due to both the increase of the light absorption and the presence of WO3 NPs on the g-C3N4 surface nanosheets, decrease of the recombination rate of electron and hole because of Z-scheme configuration and suitable band positions.

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Solar light Heterogeneous
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@article{paperid:1059481,
author = {Karimi, Mahdi and Kafshdare Goharshadi, Elaheh},
title = {Highly efficient photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity of solar light driven WO3/g-C3N4 nanocomposite},
journal = {Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells},
year = {2017},
volume = {160},
number = {11},
month = {January},
issn = {0927-0248},
pages = {484--493},
numpages = {9},
keywords = {Solar light Heterogeneous photocatalyst Photoelectrocatalysis WO3/g-C3N4},
}

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%T Highly efficient photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity of solar light driven WO3/g-C3N4 nanocomposite
%A Karimi, Mahdi
%A Kafshdare Goharshadi, Elaheh
%J Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
%@ 0927-0248
%D 2017

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