Synthesis of a novel solid mediator Z-scheme heterojunction photocatalysis CuFe2O4/Cu/UiO-66-NH2 for oxidation of dye in water

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Original languageEnglish
Article number134080
Journal / PublicationChemosphere
Online published23 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


Metal mediator Z-scheme photocatalyst comprises three elements: two semiconductors and a sandwiched metal mediator, so the catalyst can effectively degrade pollutants using visible lights. Proper design and synthesis of Z-scheme with targeted performance has not been systematically proposed. This work proposed the protocol to design and synthesize a Z-scheme photocatalyst with targeted performance. A novel metal mediator Z-scheme photocatalyst CuFe2O4/Cu/UiO-66-NH2 was used to implement the design proposal. After determining synthesis protocol from the theory, the concentrations of three reagents – glucose, L-cysteine, and precursor of UiO-66-NH2 for synthesizing Z-scheme photocatalyst were revised to achieve successful photocatalyst. Dropwise photocatalytic tests were performed to confirm the activities of the synthesized catalysts using 0.112 mmol/mL UiO-66-NH2 precursor, 10 mmol/mL glucose, and 1 mmol/mL L-cysteine yielded effective photocatalyst to degrade rhodamine 6G. The dye degradation tests and EPR tests confirmed the successful synthesis of the designed Z-scheme photocatalyst.

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  • Demonstration, Heterojunction, Mechanism, Photocatalyst, Synthesis