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An in situ Bi-decorated BiOBr photocatalyst for synchronously treating multiple antibiotics in water

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Currently, there is an urgent demand for developing new materials to remove antibiotics in the water environment, especially for the simultaneous degradation of multiple antibiotics. Here, we fabricated a novel Bi/BiOBr heterostructure via an in situ solvothermal strategy, and it exhibited excellent visible-light-responsive photocatalytic activity for synchronously removing multiple antibiotics coexisting in water. The Bi nanoparticles could extend the light absorption spectra of the sample and further facilitate electron–hole pair separation. The in-depth electron spin resonance (ESR) results confirm that the active species in Bi/BiOBr are holes (h+) and superoxide radicals (·O2) under irradiation, and it is also proved that Bi could selectively reduce the formation of ·O2 in the BiOBr matrix. The coexisting system of TC (tetracycline hydrochloride), CIP (ciprofloxacin) and DOX (doxycycline) could be simultaneously photodegraded to approximately 0% within 30 min by the Bi/BiOBr photocatalyst.

Graphical abstract: An in situ Bi-decorated BiOBr photocatalyst for synchronously treating multiple antibiotics in water

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The article was received on 06 Sep 2018, accepted on 11 Dec 2018 and first published on 12 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NA00197A
Citation: Nanoscale Adv., 2019, Advance Article
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    An in situ Bi-decorated BiOBr photocatalyst for synchronously treating multiple antibiotics in water

    F. Cao, J. Wang, Y. Wang, J. Zhou, S. Li, G. Qin and W. Fan, Nanoscale Adv., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8NA00197A

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