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A novel fabrication approach for three-dimensional hierarchical porous metal oxide/carbon nanocomposites for enhanced solar photocatalytic performance

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Abstract

A facile fabrication approach for metal oxide/C materials with a hierarchical pore structure on different length scales is proposed. The material is synthesized from inorganic/organic metal oxo clusters as molecular precursors and processed using a dual-template method followed by heat treatment. TiO2 and ZrO2 were used as two examples of metal oxide materials and their corresponding carbon-based composites showed superior photocatalytic activity in methylene blue degradation compared with the control samples. This work demonstrates a novel approach for processing metal oxide-based photocatalysts with enhanced reactivity that is broadly applicable to the design of complex functional metal oxide composites with high electrochemical performance for energy applications.

Graphical abstract: A novel fabrication approach for three-dimensional hierarchical porous metal oxide/carbon nanocomposites for enhanced solar photocatalytic performance

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The article was received on 20 Feb 2017, accepted on 10 Apr 2017 and first published on 10 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00317J
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article
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    A novel fabrication approach for three-dimensional hierarchical porous metal oxide/carbon nanocomposites for enhanced solar photocatalytic performance

    H. Liu, X. Liu, S. Mu, S. Wang, S. Wang, L. Li and E. P. Giannelis, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00317J

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