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Morphology-controlled synthesis of TiO2/MoS2 nanocomposites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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Abstract

The development of photocatalysts that utilize sunlight is very important for solving the energy crisis and reducing environmental pollution. In this report, two kinds of TiO2/MoS2 cocatalyst with novel morphologies (hollow and yolk–shell structure) are prepared via a polymer assisted targeted-etching method. MoS2, as a typical two-dimensional (2D) layered transition metal sulfide, can accept electrons and provide active sites for photocatalytic reactions. Besides, with the assistance of MoS2, the absorption band of the resultant heterostructures becomes broader and covers the entire visible region. Thus the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 in the visible light region can be improved. Moreover, the hollow and yolk–shell heterostructures of TiO2/MoS2 possess a high specific surface area, and the excellent interface of the heterostructures enables the easy separation of holes and electrons, which can enhance the photodegradation of dye. The results demonstrate that the as-prepared TiO2/MoS2 nanocomposites with hollow and yolk–shell structures show outstanding catalytic activity which is tested through the degradation of methylene blue and rhodamine B under visible light. Our design provides a new strategy to acquire novel photocatalysts, with various nanostructures, that have remarkable potential applications in environmental protection, e.g. water treatment and dye pollutant degradation.

Graphical abstract: Morphology-controlled synthesis of TiO2/MoS2 nanocomposites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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The article was received on 16 Aug 2017, accepted on 03 Nov 2017 and first published on 06 Nov 2017


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00491E
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, Advance Article
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    Morphology-controlled synthesis of TiO2/MoS2 nanocomposites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

    Y. Sun, H. Lin, C. Wang, Q. Wu, X. Wang and M. Yang, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00491E

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