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Graphene oxide and carbon nanodots co-modified BiOBr nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic 4-chlorophenol degradation and mechanism insight

Graphene oxide and carbon nanodots co-modified BiOBr nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic 4-chlorophenol degradation and mechanism insight
Songying Qu, Jun Zhang, Yuhan Xiong
Non-metallic graphene oxide (GO) and carbon nanodots (CDots) co-doped BiOBr ternary system (GO/CDots/BiOBr) were successfully synthesized via a simple one-step solvothermal process. The compositional characterization, optical and electrical properties of photocatalysts were investigated in detail. The prepared ternary photocatalysts possessed the excellent visible-light driven photocatalytic 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) degradation. Additionally, the 4-CP removal efficiencies decreased in the order of GO/CDots/BiOBr (88.9%) > CDots/BiOBr (62.9%) > GO/BiOBr (60.5%) > pristine BiOBr (46.9%) in 6 h under visible light irradiation. The dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal and the dechlorination efficiency by the GO/CDots/BiOBr were 58.4% and 78.2%, respectively, much higher than pristine BiOBr. The co-existence of GO and CDots on the BiOBr greatly promoted visible light harvesting and utilizing ability and inhibited the recombination of photogenerated electron/hole pairs. The synergistic effect between GO, CDots and BiOBr was expounded, and the photocatalytic reaction mechanism was proposed in detail via the band structure analysis and free radical trapping experiments.
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