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Synergistic effects of plasmon induced Ag@Ag3VO4/ZnCr LDH ternary heterostructures towards visible light responsive O2 evolution and phenol oxidation reactions

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For enhancing solar energy conversion and environmental remediation, noble metal plasmonic photocatalysis originating from the effectual light absorbance and confinement of surface plasmons provides a new promising route. In the present study, by integrating these two aspects, a series of ternary Ag@Ag3VO4/ZnCr LDH heterostructures have been prepared by an in situ hydrothermal followed by co-precipitation method. In this method, there is self-assembling of Ag3VO4 nanoparticles on the brucite surface of the LDH material along with partial reduction of Ag+ to Ag. The phase identity, optical response, and morphological structure of the heterostructure photocatalysts were systematically characterized through PXRD, HRTEM, UV-Vis DRS, PL, and XPS methods. The resulting monodisperse Ag nanoparticles deposited on LDH materials offer a heterogeneous interaction at the interface and exhibit high photocatalytic activity towards generation of O2 and oxidation of phenol. Evaluation of photocatalytic activity showed that 40 wt% of Ag3VO4 modified LDH is the most effective photocatalyst for O2 evolution (571 μmol) and phenol oxidation (93%). The highly improved photocatalytic performance of the composite was ascribed mainly to the SPR effect of Ag nanoparticles, Schottky barriers formed at the interface of LDH and Ag3VO4 nanoparticles, and strong coupling between Ag, Ag3VO4 and LDH. The electrochemical studies such as LSV, CV, EIS and Tafel plots further support the high rate of photoactivity towards O2 evolution and phenol oxidation. These newly designed plasmonic Ag–LDH nanoheterostructures may offer a promising strategy for maximum light absorption and be authoritative in meeting environmental claims in the future.

Graphical abstract: Synergistic effects of plasmon induced Ag@Ag3VO4/ZnCr LDH ternary heterostructures towards visible light responsive O2 evolution and phenol oxidation reactions

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The article was received on 23 Nov 2017, accepted on 27 Jan 2018 and first published on 26 Feb 2018


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00742F
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 879-896
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    Synergistic effects of plasmon induced Ag@Ag3VO4/ZnCr LDH ternary heterostructures towards visible light responsive O2 evolution and phenol oxidation reactions

    D. P. Sahoo, S. Patnaik, D. Rath and K. M. Parida, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, 5, 879
    DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00742F

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