Influence of mass ratio and calcination temperature on physical and photoelectrochemical properties of ZnFe-layered double oxide/cobalt oxide heterojunction semiconductor for dye degradation applications

Zhang, Yufei, Zheng, Junjie, Nan, Jiejie, Gai, Chengjie, Shao, Qian, Murugadoss, Vignesh, Maganti, Srihari, Naik, Nithesh, Algadi, Hassan, Huang, Mina, Xu, Bin and Guo, Zhanhu (2023) Influence of mass ratio and calcination temperature on physical and photoelectrochemical properties of ZnFe-layered double oxide/cobalt oxide heterojunction semiconductor for dye degradation applications. Particuology, 74. pp. 141-155. ISSN 1674-2001

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Abstract

A visible light-active photoelectrocatalyst, ZnFe-layered double oxide (LDO)/cobalt(II,III) oxide (Co3O4) composites were obtained by calcining the Co loaded ZnFe-layered double hydroxide (LDH) prepared by a hydrothermal and microwave hydrothermal method. The morphological studies revealed that the ZnFe-LDO/Co3O4 composites exhibited a flower-like structure comprising Co3O4 nanowires and ZnFe-LDO nanosheets. Further, when the mass ratio of Co(NO3)2·6H2O/LDH was 1:1.8 and the calcination temperature was 550 °C, the ZnFe-LDO/Co3O4 composite exhibited 93.3% degradation efficiency for methylene blue (MB) at the applied voltage of 1.0 V under visible light after 3 h. Furthermore, the Mott-Schottky model experiments showed that the formation of a p-n heterojunction between ZnFe-LDO and Co3O4 could effectively inhibit the recombination of electrons and holes in the photoelectrocatalytic process. Meanwhile, free radical scavenging experiments showed that the active radicals of ⋅OH played an important role in the degradation of MB. Therefore, the photoelectrocatalytic effect of ZnFe-LDO/Co3O4 provides a simple and effective strategy for the removal of organic pollutants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ZnFe-LDO/Co3O4, Photoelectrocatalytic, p-n heterojunction, Methylene blue
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 11:04
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 14:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49369

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