Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/7711
Title: TiO2 nanofibers embedded with g-C3N4 nanosheets and decorated with Ag nanoparticles as Z-scheme photocatalysts for environmental remediation
Authors: Ghafoor, Samina
Inayat, Asia
Aftab, Faryal
Duran, Hatice
Kirchhoff, Katrin
Waseem, Sadia
Arshad, Salman Noshear
Keywords: Z-scheme
Photocatalysis
Titania
Carbon nitride
Nanofibers
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Abstract: Here, we report synergistic sensitization of electrospun TiO2 nanofibers (TNFs) by heterojunction formation with exfoliated g-C3N4 nanosheets and decorated with Ag nanoparticles (NPs) uniformly over its surface for enhanced photocatalytic activity in simulated solar light. These composite catalysts displayed first-order rate constants of 0.087 min(-1) and 0.031 min(-1) for photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) and photoreduction of Cr(VI) under simulated sunlight which is 75% and 87% higher than the pristine TNFs, respectively, and better than the previously reported results for similar materials. Moreover, 99% of E. coli. and 83% S. aureus were inactivated after 60 min of irradiation. The enhanced activities of these prepared ternary composite nanofibers are attributed to the effective Z-scheme heterojunction formation between TiO2 and g-C3N4 due to the preferred band positions which facilitates the charge transfer and inhibit the recombination of charge carriers. Moreover, visible-light harvesting, charge separation and antimicrobial nature of these nanofibers were promoted by the Ag NPs due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect.
URI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2019.103452
https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/7711
ISSN: 2213-3437
Appears in Collections:Malzeme Bilimi ve Nanoteknoloji Mühendisliği Bölümü / Department of Material Science & Nanotechnology Engineering
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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