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Pd nanocube decoration onto flexible nanofibrous mats of core–shell polymer–ZnO nanofibers for visible light photocatalysis

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Abstract

Plasmonic enhancement for electron–hole separation efficiency and visible light photocatalysis was achieved by Pd nanocube decoration on a ZnO nanolayer coated onto electrospun polymeric (polyacrylonitrile (PAN)) nanofibers. Since exciton formation and sustainable electron–hole separation have a vital importance for realizing better solar energy in photovoltaic and photocatalytic devices, we achieved visible light photocatalysis by Pd nanocube decoration onto well designed core–shell nanofibers of ZnO@PAN-NF. By controlling the cubic Pd nanoparticle size and the thickness of the crystalline ZnO nanolayer deposited onto electrospun PAN nanofibers via atomic layer deposition (ALD), defect mediated visible light photocatalysis efficiency can be increased. By utilizing nanofabrication techniques such as thermal decomposition, electrospinning and ALD, this fabricated template became an efficient, defect mediated, Pd nanocube plasmon enhanced photocatalytic system. Due to the enhanced contact features of the Pd nanocubes, an increase was observed for the visible light photocatalytic activity of the flexible and nanofibrous mat of Pd@ZnO@PAN-NF.

Graphical abstract: Pd nanocube decoration onto flexible nanofibrous mats of core–shell polymer–ZnO nanofibers for visible light photocatalysis

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The article was received on 16 Jan 2017, accepted on 12 Apr 2017 and first published on 13 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00187H
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 4145-4156
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    Pd nanocube decoration onto flexible nanofibrous mats of core–shell polymer–ZnO nanofibers for visible light photocatalysis

    O. Arslan, F. Topuz, H. Eren, N. Biyikli and T. Uyar, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 4145
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00187H

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