Visible-light-driven photoelectrocatalytic activation of chloride by nanoporous MoS2@BiVO4 photoanode for enhanced degradation of bisphenol A

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  • Zexiao Zheng
  • Yiming Tang
  • Yaping Li
  • Weirui Chen
  • Jing Wang
  • Xukai Li
  • Laisheng Li

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Original languageEnglish
Article number128279
Journal / PublicationChemosphere
Online published9 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


The massive emission of bisphenol A (BPA) has imposed adverse effects on both ecosystems and human health. Herein, nanoporous MoS2@BiVO4 photoanodes were fabricated on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates for photoelectrocatalytic degradation of BPA. The photocurrent density of the optimized photoanode (MoS2-3@BiVO4) was 5.4 times as that of BiVO4 photoanode at 1.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl under visible light illumination, which was ascribed to the reduced recombination of photogenerated charge carriers of the well-designed hybrid structure. 10 ppm of BPA could be completely degraded in 75 min by MoS2-3@BiVO4 photoanode, with a bias of 1.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl and 100 mM of NaCl as the supporting electrolyte. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and free radicals scavenging experiments confirmed that chlorine oxide radical (ClO) played a dominant role in the degradation of BPA. 14 intermediates were detected and identified during photoelectrocatalytic degradation of BPA by MoS2-3@BiVO4 photoanode and 3 pathways were proposed based on the above intermediates. The hybrid film exhibited high stability and reusability, and promising application potential in photoelectrocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in aqueous solution.

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  • BPA degradation, Chloride activation, Nanoporous MoS2, BiVO4 photoanode, Photoelectrochemical

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