Meso-porous ZnO nano-triangles @ graphitic-C3N4 nano-foils: Fabrication and Recyclable photocatalytic activity

K. Vignesh, Sora Kang, Byeong Sub Kwak, Misook Kang

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Abstract

Meso-porous ZnO nano-triangles @ g-C3N4 nano-foils (ZnO-nt@g-C3N4) was synthesized through a sono-chemical impregnation method. The photocatalytic activity was tested for the degradation of rhodamine-B (Rh-B) dye under simulated solar light irradiation. The concentration of g-C3N4 was found to be significant on the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO-nt@g-C3N4. Compared to pure ZnO-nt and g-C3N4, the photocatalytic activity of ZnO-nt@g-C3N4 was greatly improved due to the synergistic effect. The photocatalyst of ZnO-nt@g-C3N4 (20%) exhibited 100% photocatalytic activity within 60 min. The recycling results also demonstrated that the photo-deactivation of ZnO-nt was completely arrested by g-C3N4 modification. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed for the enhanced activity of ZnO-nt@g-C3N4. The outcome of this research work was also compared with previously reported catalysts. The results of this present work could be used for the application dye waste water treatment under solar light exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Volume147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • g-C<inf>3</inf>N<inf>4</inf>
  • Nano-triangles
  • Photocatalytic activity
  • ZnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation

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