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High photocatalytic activity of plasmonic Ag@AgCl/Zn2SnO4 nanocomposites synthesized using hydrothermal method

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Abstract

Ag@AgCl/Zn2SnO4 (ZTO) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by a hydrothermal method. The morphology, structure, composition, and optical properties of the developed composites were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, UV-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and photoluminescence techniques. All analysis confirmed the anchoring of Ag@AgCl on ZTO. The photocatalytic activity of the Ag@AgCl/ZTO nanocomposites was evaluated for the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye, phenol and bisphenol A (BPA) in aqueous solution, under visible light irradiation. An important improvement of the catalytic activity was observed using the nanocomposites as compared to ZTO solely. The photocatalytic enhancement can be attributed to a plasmonic effect at the interface between Ag@AgCl and ZTO. Thus, the good catalytic performance of the nanocomposites combined with their simple synthesis could provide a facile way to achieve highly efficient photocatalysts.

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The article was received on 07 Jun 2016, accepted on 11 Aug 2016 and first published on 18 Aug 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14813A
Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 80310-80319
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    High photocatalytic activity of plasmonic Ag@AgCl/Zn2SnO4 nanocomposites synthesized using hydrothermal method

    M. B. Ali, A. Hamdi, H. Elhouichet, B. Sieber, A. Addad, Y. Coffinier, L. Boussekey, M. Férid, S. Szunerits and R. Boukherroub, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 80310
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14813A

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