Highly enhanced plasmonic photocatalytic activity of Ag/AgCl/TiO2 by CuO co-catalyst

Zameer Hussain Shah, Jiasheng Wang, Yuzhen Ge, Cui Wang, Wenxin Mao, Shufen Zhang, Rongwen Lu

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The role of CuO as a co-catalyst was studied on plasmonic photocatalysis of Ag/AgCl/TiO2, and it was found that the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange and phenol under visible light was highly enhanced when CuO was incorporated into Ag/AgCl/TiO2. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV/vis spectrophotometry. The photocatalytic activity under visible light was attributed to the SPR of Ag NPs, and enhancement of this activity was achieved due to CuO, which acts as a sink for photogenerated electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3568-3575
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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