Synergy of Ti-O-based heterojunction and hierarchical 1D nanobelt/3D microflower heteroarchitectures for enhanced photocatalytic tetracycline degradation and photoelectrochemical water splitting

Q. Wang, Hongmin Zhu, Bing Li

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Abstract

Solar-driven photocatalytic pollutant degradation and photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting are promising approaches for green environmental remediation and solar energy conversion. In this work, novel hierarchical 1D K2Ti6O13 nanobelt/3D TiO2 microflower heteroarchitectures were controllably synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route. The optimal K2Ti6O13/TiO2 hybrids exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity than single catalysts and good stability for tetracycline (TC) degradation. The removal of TC was also evaluated at different catalyst dosage, temperature, pH and concentration of TC solutions. The contributions of radical species for TC degradation followed a sequence of [rad]OH > h+ > [rad]O2−. The intermediates and degradation pathway of TC were determined by LC-MS analysis. Furthermore, significantly enhanced PEC responses of K2Ti6O13/TiO2 composites were also observed compared with the single components, fully proved by open-circuit potential, LSV, transient photocurrent and EIS analysis. Such superior photoactivities were mainly attributed to the synergistic effects between the strongly coupled K2Ti6O13/TiO2 heterojunctions and hierarchical 1D/3D micro-nano architectures, including larger surface area, increased light adsorption and charge separation efficiency. Overall, this work offers a controllable strategy to design novel Ti-O-based heterostructures with hierarchical micro-nano architectures and outstanding performance for photocatalytic and PEC applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122072
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume378
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 15

Keywords

  • Hierarchical micro-nano heteroarchitectures
  • KTiO/TiO heterojunction
  • Photocatalytic degradation
  • Photoelectrochemical water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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