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Ethanol–water ambient precipitation of {111} facets exposed Ag3PO4 tetrahedra and its hybrid with graphene oxide for outstanding photoactivity and stability

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This study presents the combinative merits of facet effect and the graphene oxide (GO) hybrid of Ag3PO4 photocatalyst. First, Ag3PO4 tetrahedra with exposed {111} facets were controllably prepared via an ethanol–water ion exchange strategy at room temperature. The amount of ethanol was crucial to regulate the orientation growth of Ag3PO4 crystals along {111} planes through the balance of coordination and adsorption. The sample exhibited an enhanced visible-light photocatalytic efficiency of 3.3-fold for pollutant degradation as compared to that of Ag3PO4 particles due to the active facets. GO/Ag3PO4 hybrid was then constructed based on the electrostatic interaction between Ag+ enriched {111} facets and negatively charged GO sheets. The photocatalytic activity of the hybrid increased by 4.6-fold with admirable recyclability as compared to that of the bare Ag3PO4 tetrahedra. Systematical optical and photoelectrochemical characterizations revealed that the hybrid exhibits extended light absorption and significantly accelerated carrier transfer due to the coaction of unique charge mobility of GO, electronic effect of trace Ag and increased catalytic active sites. A possible migration mechanism of photoinduced carriers at the interface of GO/Ag3PO4 tetrahedron is proposed based on the above analyses, detected oxidative species and band positions of Ag3PO4 tetrahedra. This study provides new insight into the rational design of carbonaceous material-hybridized semiconductor photocatalysts with facet dependency.

Graphical abstract: Ethanol–water ambient precipitation of {111} facets exposed Ag3PO4 tetrahedra and its hybrid with graphene oxide for outstanding photoactivity and stability

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The article was received on 03 Feb 2018, accepted on 28 Feb 2018 and first published on 01 Mar 2018


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QI00105G
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 951-961
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    Ethanol–water ambient precipitation of {111} facets exposed Ag3PO4 tetrahedra and its hybrid with graphene oxide for outstanding photoactivity and stability

    G. Zhang, X. Wei, X. Bai, C. Liu, B. Wang and J. Liu, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, 5, 951
    DOI: 10.1039/C8QI00105G

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