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Revealing the role of kapok fibre as bio-template for In-situ construction of C-doped g-C3N4@C, N co-doped TiO2 core-shell heterojunction photocatalyst and its photocatalytic hydrogen production performance

Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa and M. Zain, M. F. and Minggu, Lorna Jeffery and Kassim, Mohammad and Jaafar, Juhana and Saidina Amin, Nor Aishah and Yun, Hau Ng (2019) Revealing the role of kapok fibre as bio-template for In-situ construction of C-doped g-C3N4@C, N co-doped TiO2 core-shell heterojunction photocatalyst and its photocatalytic hydrogen production performance. Applied Surface Science, 476 . pp. 205-220. ISSN 0169-4332

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.01.080

Abstract

For the first time, C-doped g-C3N4@C, N co-doped TiO2 core-shell heterojunction photocatalyst was successfully prepared by an in-situ one-pot hydrothermal bio-template approach, assisted by calcination treatment at 500 °C. Kapok fibre was used as a bio-templates and in-situ C doping in g-C3N4 and TiO2 during the formation of core-shell heterojunction photocatalyst. Moreover, the used of urea as g-C3N4-precursor also contribute to band-gap narrowing by an in-situ carbon and nitrogen doping in TiO2. Various characterisation techniques were employed to understand the effect TiO2 precursor concentration on the evolution of core-shell nanostructure heterojunction photocatalyst that can affect and boost the catalytic activity. The detailed understanding of the concurrent growth of C-doped g-C3N4 (CCN) and C, N co-doped TiO2 mechanism, as well as the formation of core-shell nanostructures heterojunction formation, are also proposed in this study. Our finding indicated that the bio-template core-shell nanostructure heterojunction photocatalysts showed a dramatic increase in photoinduced electron-hole separation efficiency as demonstrated by the photoelectrochemical and photoluminescence analyses. The enhancement in photogenerated charge carrier separation and narrower band gap resulted in superior photocatalytic activities with the highest rate of hydrogen production was recorded by CCN/T-1.5 sample (625.5 μmol h−1 g−1) in methanol aqueous solution. The well-developed interconnected heterojunction formation with appropriate CCN and TiO2 contents in core-shell nanoarchitectures system is a prime factor for the future design of a highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:bio-template, heterojunction photocatalyst, core-shell
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Energy Engineering
ID Code:88808
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:29 Dec 2020 12:44
Last Modified:29 Dec 2020 12:44

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