Journal of Hebei University of Science and Technology (2020-02-01)

Research of synergistic photocatalytic properties of silver/mesoporous carbon nitride nanocomposite particles with uniform dispersion

  • He MI,
  • Jing AN,
  • Shaorui CHEN,
  • Rong YIN,
  • Xudong YAN,
  • Yiwei LIU,
  • Desong WANG

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 41, no. 1
pp. 14 – 22


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In order to effectively reduce nitro compounds in contaminate water and produce hydrogen from water, Ag/mpg-C3N4 nanocomposite particles are prepared by impregnation method, and 5-OH-ZnTPP is loaded on the surface of Ag/mpg-C3N4 to prepare Ag/5-OH-ZnTPP/mpg-C3N4 composite particles. The morphology, microstructure and composition of as-prepared nanocomposite particles are characterized by BET, SEM, XRD and XPS. The results show that the mpg-C3N4 is lamellar structure with porous, while the silver nanoparticles are dispersed on the surface or between the lamellar of the mpg-C3N4. The photoelectric property of the Ag/5-OH-ZnTPP/mpg-C3N4 nanocomposite particles is also characterized by UV-vis DRS, PL and PT, respectively. The results reveal that the visible-light utilization of mpg-C3N4 are improved by the introduction of silver nanoparticles and the sensitization of porphyrin. The catalytic activities are examined by using the reduction of 4-NP and the photocatalytic H2 production as model reactions, which demonstrates that the photocatalytic activity of mpg-C3N4 is enhanced after modified by silver nanoparticles and sensitized with dye porphyrins. Ag/5-OH-ZnTPP/mpg-C3N4 nanocomposite particles have high catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-NP and hydrogen production.