In situ Carbon Modification of g-C3N4 from Urea Co-crystal with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity Towards Degradation of Organic Dyes Under Visible Light

ZHAO, Weifeng, HAO, Ning, ZHANG, Gai, Aijie, MA, CHEN, Weixing, ZHOU, Hongwei, YANG, Dong, Xu, Bin and Kong, Jie (2020) In situ Carbon Modification of g-C3N4 from Urea Co-crystal with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity Towards Degradation of Organic Dyes Under Visible Light. Chemical Research in Chinese Universities. ISSN 1005-9040 (In Press)

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Abstract

An in situ strategy was introduced for synthesizing carbon modified graphitic carbon nitride(g-C3N4) by using urea/4-aminobenzoic acid(PABA) co-crystal(PABA@Urea) as precursor materials. Via co-calcination of the PABA co-former and the urea in PABA@Urea co-crystals, C guest species were generated and compounded into g-C3N4 matrix in situ by replacing the lattice N of the carbon nitride and forming carbon dots onto its layer surface.The carbon modification dramatically enhanced visible-light harvesting and charge carrier separation. Therefore,visible light photo-catalytic oxidation of methylene blue(MB) pollution in water over the carbon modified g-C3N4(C/g-C3N4) was notably improved. Up to 99 of methylene blue(MB) was eliminated within 60 min by the optimalsample prepared from the PABA@Urea co-crystal with a PABA content of 0.1(mass ratio), faster than the degrada-tion rate over bare g-C3N4. The present study demonstrates a new way to boost up the photocatalysis performance ofg-C3N4, which holds great potential concerning the degradation of organic dyes from water.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 10:46
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43308

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