Carbon-doped flower-like Bi2WO6 decorated carbon nanosphere nanocomposites with enhanced visible light photocatalytic degradation of tetracycline

Jiang, Xiaona, Chen, Shuai, Zhang, Xinrui, Qu, Lanni, Qi, Houjuan, Wang, Bin, Xu, Bin and Huang, Zhanhua (2023) Carbon-doped flower-like Bi2WO6 decorated carbon nanosphere nanocomposites with enhanced visible light photocatalytic degradation of tetracycline. Advanced Composites and Hybrid Materials, 6 (1). p. 9. ISSN 2522-0128

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42114-022-00590-4

Abstract

In search of a recyclable catalyst with synergistic adsorption and photocatalysis, unique composite photocatalysts of flower-like bismuth tungstate (Bi2WO6) and carbon nanospheres (CSs) were composited using a hydrothermal synthesis method (named CSs-Bi2WO6). Notably, based on the high visible light utilization and a reasonable band gap (2.53 eV), CSs-Bi2WO6 have good photocatalytic properties. For example, the composite with an optimized ratio (2% CSs-Bi2WO6) showed good adsorption and photocatalytic performance. Under simulated natural light conditions, the degradation rate of tetracycline (TC) by 2% CSs-Bi2WO6 was 84.6% in 60 min, which is nearly 25% higher than pure Bi2WO6. After five cycles, the observed barely decreased TC degradation rate of 2% CSs-Bi2WO6 confirmed the high cyclability and reproducibility of the photocatalyst. The total organic carbon estimation of the post-degradation reaction medium corresponded to 68.2% mineralization. Furthermore, we determined the photocatalytic reaction path by LC–MS, which confirmed that the composite catalyst could effectively degrade TC molecules into small molecules. It can be concluded that the catalyst has a broad application prospect in the field of wastewater treatment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 32071713); the Outstanding Youth Foundation Project of Heilongjiang Province (No. JQ2019C001); the Northeast Forestry University College Student Innovation Training Program Funding Project (No. CL202210225471).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon nanospheres, Degradation pathways, Flower-like Bi WO, Synergistic effect, Wastewater treatment
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2023 08:38
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2023 08:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/51056

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