Development of Two Dimensional Materials in Photocatalysis

Title: Development of Two Dimensional Materials in Photocatalysis
Authors: Li, Zizhen
Date: 2019-08-12
Abstract: Photocatalysis is a process to convert light energy into chemical energies. This advanced process has been extensively applied in different areas, such as water splitting to evolve hydrogen, organic/ inorganic pollutants decomposition, artificial photosynthesis (CO2 reduction), disinfection, heavy metal recovery, organic synthesis and nitrogen fixation (reduction). The difficulty for photocatalysis applied in practical is primarily due to the low quantum yield as for the high recombination of photogenerated charge carriers. Various strategies have been implemented to overcome these challenges. As recently developed advanced materials, two dimensional materials have attracted lots of attentions as for their superiorities such as large specific surface area and high conductivity. These advantages for two dimensional materials make them be promising cocatalysts in enhance catalytic activity. In this thesis, various two dimensional materials (such as MoS2, SnS, BN as well as C3N4) other than graphene were prepared and investigated in the promotion of photocatalytic activity. Specifically, the focus of present work is on two dimensional materials enhanced photocatalysis in environmental remediation, including organic pollutants detoxification as well as bacteria inactivation. It was found that two dimensional materials, including MoS2, SnS, BN, may be excellent candidates as cocatalysts to enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity. And g-C3N4 as an effective photocatalyst exhibited excellent photocatalytic oxidation activity, and its activity can be further enhanced with surface modification by hydroxyl functional groups (a modification method reported in the thesis). Suggestions for future work were also proposed in this thesis.
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