Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Oxide-modified Bi2WO6 and Its Use as Photocatalyst

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Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Oxide-modified Bi2WO6 and Its Use as Photocatalyst
Authors: Hu, Xiaoyue
Date: 2014
Abstract: The control of environmental pollution, particularly in wastewater treatment, is one of the major concerns of the 21st century. Among the currently available pollution control technologies, photocatalysis is one of the most promising and efficient approaches to the reduction of pollutants. Graphene, a carbon nanomaterial with specific physical and chemical properties, has been reported as a promising potential new catalyst material in this field. A Bi2WO6 photocatalyst modified with graphene oxide was synthesized in a two-step hydrothermal process. Compared with pure Bi2WO6, the modified photocatalyst with 1.2 wt% graphene oxide improved photoactivity during the degradation of rhodamine-B (RhB) dye pollutant, by facilitating the dissociation of photogenerated excitons, which in turn results in more O2- radicals. XRD characterization showed that the modification of Bi2WO6 with graphene oxide does not affect its structure or morphology. The adsorption properties of graphene also contribute to the improvement of photoactivity. Other parameters such as catalyst dosage, temperature and solution pH are studied, with the aim to improve the efficiency of RhB removal.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/31459
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6364
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