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A BiOCl/bipolar membrane as a separator for regenerating NaOH in water-splitting cells

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Abstract

Photoconductive BiOCl has been introduced into a bipolar membrane (BPM) interlayer to prepare a BiOCl/BPM. This paper reports the use of the BiOCl/BPM composite to regenerate NaOH. Under reverse bias and sunlight irradiation conditions, the BiOCl/BPM resistance and cell voltage can be significantly decreased due to the photoconductivity of the BiOCl photocatalyst, which lead to the energy consumption decline in regenerating NaOH. Moreover, the electric field in the interlayer of the BiOCl/BPM contributes in separating the photo-generated electron–hole pairs of the BiOCl photocatalyst, thereby increasing the current efficiency of regenerating NaOH.

Graphical abstract: A BiOCl/bipolar membrane as a separator for regenerating NaOH in water-splitting cells

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Submitted
30 Sep 2015
Accepted
13 Jan 2016
First published
15 Jan 2016

RSC Adv., 2016,6, 9880-9883
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A BiOCl/bipolar membrane as a separator for regenerating NaOH in water-splitting cells

X. Liu, X. Song, X. Jian, H. Yang, X. Mao and Z. Liang, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 9880
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA20195K

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