Hydrothermal Microwave Synthesis of Co3O4/In2O3 Nanostructures for Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of Cr(VI)

Nan, JieJie, Guo, Sijia, Alhashmialameer, Dalal, He, Qingming, Meng, Yinuo, Ge, Ruixiang, El-Bahy, Salah M., Naik, Nithesh, Murugadoss, Vignesh, Huang, Mina, Xu, Bin, Shao, Qian and Guo, Zhanhu (2022) Hydrothermal Microwave Synthesis of Co3O4/In2O3 Nanostructures for Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of Cr(VI). ACS Applied Nano Materials, 5 (7). pp. 8755-8766. ISSN 2574-0970

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Co3O4/In2O3 nanocomposites were prepared via a microwave-hydrothermal method and directly used as photoanodes for the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) process to reduce Cr(VI). The as-prepared Co3O4/In2O3 composites show a rod-like structure, which is composed of nanoparticles. The PEC experiments indicated that after 120 min of irradiation with 0.7 V bias voltage and visible light, the Cr(VI) reduction efficiency of Co3O4/In2O3 composites in aqueous solution was 100%, which was superior to the samples prepared by other methods. Moreover, the Co3O4/In2O3 composite still had a high catalytic activity after five runs of PEC experiments. Elimination experiments demonstrate that photo-generated electrons (e–) performed a key role in the catalytic reduction of Cr(VI). The significantly improved PEC performance can be attributed to the bias voltage and the p-n heterojunction formed between Co3O4 and In2O3. Therefore, Co3O4/In2O3 nanocomposites have a considerable potential for the PEC reduction of Cr(VI).

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Science and Technology Project of Qingdao West Coast New Area (No. 2020-91), the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No. ZR2019BEE075). The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from Taif University Researchers Supporting Project number (TURSP-2020/135), Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: PEC, reduction of Cr(VI), p-n heterojunction, Co3O4/In2O3, microwave-hydrothermal
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 10:45
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2023 08:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49472

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