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Graphene oxide mediated co-generation of C-doping and oxygen defects in Bi2WO6 nanosheets: a combined DRIFTS and DFT investigation

Abstract

In order to efficiently control the air pollutants using photocatalytic technology, the co-generation of C-doping and oxygen vacancies (OVs) in Bi2WO6 (BWO) nanosheets was achieved by a graphene oxide (GO)-mediated hydrothermal method. The photocatalytic performance was highly improved with the synergistic effects of C-doping and OVs. The experimental characterizations and DFT calculations were closely combined to reveal that the C element could serve both as an electron acceptor and a channel for charge transfer to promote charge separation. Meanwhile, the OVs could induce the formation of a defect level in the band gap which increases the production of the •OH as the primary reactive species by introducing more light-generated holes on the valence band. Meanwhile, The OVs could enhance the generation of •O2- species via the promotion of O2 adsorption and activation on the catalyst surface. Moreover, the reaction intermediates were monitored and the mechanism of photocatalytic NO oxidation was proposed based on in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The design concept of the photocatalyst modification with C-doping and OVs could offer a novel strategy to enhance the performance for environmental applications.

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The article was received on 10 Aug 2019, accepted on 03 Oct 2019 and first published on 03 Oct 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR06874K
Nanoscale, 2019, Accepted Manuscript

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    Graphene oxide mediated co-generation of C-doping and oxygen defects in Bi2WO6 nanosheets: a combined DRIFTS and DFT investigation

    M. Sun, X. Dong, B. Lei, J. Li, P. Chen, Y. Zhang and F. Dong, Nanoscale, 2019, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9NR06874K

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