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In situ construction of the BiOCl/Bi2Ti2O7 heterojunction with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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Abstract

Herein, a BiOCl/Bi2Ti2O7 heterojunction was prepared as an efficient visible light-driven photocatalyst through an in situ hydrothermal method, and its photocatalytic properties were investigated via a comparable method. Its structure, morphology and composition were characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The formation of a heterojunction between BiOCl and Bi2Ti2O7 was also confirmed via transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Moreover, the optical and photocatalytic properties of BiOCl, Bi2Ti2O7 and BiOCl/Bi2Ti2O7 heterojunction composites with different BiOCl : Bi2Ti2O7 mass ratios were investigated. Compared to the case of pure BiOCl, the absorption spectra of the BiOCl/Bi2Ti2O7 heterojunction were extended to the visible light region, and the photocatalytic activities were also enhanced. Moreover, the enhancement mechanism of the photocatalytic activity was studied via photocurrent density tests, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and trapping experiments.

Graphical abstract: In situ construction of the BiOCl/Bi2Ti2O7 heterojunction with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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The article was received on 14 Dec 2018, accepted on 04 Feb 2019 and first published on 06 Feb 2019


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QI01347K
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article

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    In situ construction of the BiOCl/Bi2Ti2O7 heterojunction with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

    S. Niu, R. Zhang, Z. Zhang, J. Zheng, Y. Jiao and C. Guo, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8QI01347K

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