ZnS-based dual nano-semiconductors (ZnS/PbS, ZnS/CdS or ZnS/Ag2S,): A green synthesis route and photocatalytic comparison for removing organic dyes

Hua Jie Wang, Ying Cao, Le Le Wu, Sha Sha Wu, Ali Raza, Nan Liu, Jin Ye Wang, Teruo Miyazawa

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Organic dyes generating from many industries are considered as a potential source of water-pollution and have negative effects on human health. The present study was aimed to construct a green synthesis method for fabrication of ZnS-based dual nano-semiconductors and to compare the photocatalytic properties for removing cationic and anionic dyes. ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized using a template synthesis in bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution and then ZnS/PbS, ZnS/CdS and ZnS/Ag2S dual nano-semiconductors were prepared using ion-exchange method. Prepared nano-semiconductors were characterized by using HR-TEM, XRD, FTIR, TG/DTA and AAS. Moreover, photocatalytic activity of prepared nano-semiconductors was tested against Rhodamine B (cationic dye) and Methyl Orange (anionic dye). Results revealed that a controllable ZnS/PbS, ZnS/CdS and ZnS/Ag2S ratio in nano-semiconductors can be achieved by adjusting the ion-exchange time. Prepared ZnS based composites exhibited higher photocatalytic efficiency than that of ZnS alone. In addition, photocatalytic activity of ZnS-based dual nano-semiconductors was found to be dependent upon composition and ratio of sulphides in nano-semiconductors with environmental pH. It was concluded that the combination of template synthesis and ion-exchange method is a feasible approach to fabricate new photocatalysts with higher photocatalytic activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6771-6779
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec


  • Dual nano-semiconductors
  • Ion-exchange
  • Photocatalysts
  • Sulphide
  • Template synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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