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Heterojunctions in g-C3N4/TiO2(B) nanofibres with exposed (001) plane and enhanced visible-light photoactivity

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Abstract

The formation of heterojunctions is an efficient strategy to extend the light response range of TiO2-based catalysts to the visible light region. In addition to the bandgap edge match between the narrow bandgap semiconductors and the TiO2 substrate, a stable phase interface between the sensitiser and TiO2 is crucial for the construction of heterojunctions, since it acts as a tunnel for the efficient transfer of photogenerated charges. Herein, the coincidence site density (1/Σ) of graphite-like carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanoflakes and two types of TiO2 nanofibres [anatase and TiO2(B)] was calculated by near coincidence site lattice (NCSL) theory. It was found that the coincidence site density of g-C3N4 and TiO2(B) nanofibre with an exposed (001) plane is 3 times of that of the g-C3N4 and anatase nanofibre with exposed (100) plane. This indicated that the g-C3N4 nanoflakes are more favoured to form stable heterojunctions with TiO2(B) nanofibres. As expected, a stable phase interface was formed between the plane of (22–40) of g-C3N4 and the plane (110) of TiO2(B) which had same d-spacing of 0.35 nm and the same orientation. Under visible light irradiation, the photogenerated electrons could efficiently migrate to the TiO2(B) nanofibres from the g-C3N4 through the heterojunctions. So the g-C3N4/TiO2(B) system exhibited better photodegradation ability for sulforhodamine B (SRB) dye than the g-C3N4/anatase system, although the photoactivity of the anatase nanofibres was much better than that of the TiO2(B) nanofibres.

Graphical abstract: Heterojunctions in g-C3N4/TiO2(B) nanofibres with exposed (001) plane and enhanced visible-light photoactivity

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2013, accepted on 14 Nov 2013 and first published on 15 Nov 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA14047D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014,2, 2071-2078
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    Heterojunctions in g-C3N4/TiO2(B) nanofibres with exposed (001) plane and enhanced visible-light photoactivity

    L. Zhang, D. Jing, X. She, H. Liu, D. Yang, Y. Lu, J. Li, Z. Zheng and L. Guo, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 2071
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TA14047D

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