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Visible light photocatalysis over solid acid: Enhanced by gold plasmonic effect

Visible light photocatalysis over solid acid: Enhanced by gold plasmonic effect
Solar driven catalysis by semiconductors is considered as a promising route to mitigate environmental problems caused by the combustion of fossil fuels and water pollution. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) has offered a new opportunity to overcome the limited efficiency of photocatalysts. Herein we report that the SPR-mediated visible-light-responsive photocatalyst, 0.5wt.% Au/SO4 2−–TiO2, can achieve over 99% conversion of pollutants (thiophene, thiol, rhodamine B, and phenol) during photocatalytic oxidation with oxygen or air as oxidant under visible light irradiation. The considerable enhancement of photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the synergistic effect of Au SPR and Lewis acidic SO4 2−–TiO2 which are beneficial for the efficient separation and transfer of the photo-generated electrons and holes. Such a strategy would be important to the design and preparation of highly photocatalytic active semiconductor catalysts.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0926337317306276

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