Carbon-doped flower-like Bi2WO6 decorated carbon nanosphere nanocomposites with enhanced visible light photocatalytic degradation of tetracycline

Xiaona Jiang, Shuai Chen, Xinrui Zhang, Lanni Qu, Houjuan Qi, Bin Wang, Ben Bin Xu, Zhanhua Huang*

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Abstract

In search of a recyclable catalyst with synergistic adsorption and photocatalysis, unique composite photocatalysts of flower-like bismuth tungstate (Bi2WO6) and carbon nanospheres (CSs) were composited using a hydrothermal synthesis method (named CSs-Bi2WO6). Notably, based on the high visible light utilization and a reasonable band gap (2.53 eV), CSs-Bi2WO6 have good photocatalytic properties. For example, the composite with an optimized ratio (2% CSs-Bi2WO6) showed good adsorption and photocatalytic performance. Under simulated natural light conditions, the degradation rate of tetracycline (TC) by 2% CSs-Bi2WO6 was 84.6% in 60 min, which is nearly 25% higher than pure Bi2WO6. After five cycles, the observed barely decreased TC degradation rate of 2% CSs-Bi2WO6 confirmed the high cyclability and reproducibility of the photocatalyst. The total organic carbon estimation of the post-degradation reaction medium corresponded to 68.2% mineralization. Furthermore, we determined the photocatalytic reaction path by LC–MS, which confirmed that the composite catalyst could effectively degrade TC molecules into small molecules. It can be concluded that the catalyst has a broad application prospect in the field of wastewater treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Number of pages13
JournalAdvanced Composites and Hybrid Materials
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023

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