Insights into the dual Z-scheme and piezoelectricity co-driven photocatalyst for ultra-speed degradation of nitenpyram

Sheng Xiong, Hao Zeng, Yaocheng Deng, Chengyang Feng, Rongdi Tang, Zhanpeng Zhou, Ling Li, Jiajia Wang, Daoxin Gong

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A highly active catalyst AgI/Ag3PO4/BaTiO3 with the synergistic effect of photocatalysis and piezoelectricity was prepared, which can remove 100 % of Nitenpyram (NTP) in a wide pH range within 10 min. This piezo-photocatalyst AgI/Ag3PO4/BaTiO3 with dual Z-scheme shows a higher NTP degradation rate than their mono-material and binary composites. The apparent rate constant of AgI/Ag3PO4/BaTiO3 in NTP removal is 2.12 times higher than the second-performing catalyst. In the quenching experiment, h+ and ·O2– were observed to be the main active substance in NTP degradation and the former contributes the most. The dual Z-scheme mechanism and the built-in electric field are both beneficial for the separation of electron-hole pairs, as well as the extension of the photo-generated carrier lifetime. At last, the effect factor experiments proved that the prepared AgI/Ag3PO4/BaTiO3 catalyst owns stable and efficient activity. This work provides novel guidance for the construction of highly efficient and stable piezo-photocatalytic heterojunction catalysts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138399
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Aug 12 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-09-14
Acknowledgements: The study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No.51909089), Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province, China (Grant No.2020JJ5252, 2021JJ40091), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2019M662781), Science Foundation for Young Scholars of Hunan Agricultural University (19QN35), and Hunan Provincial Innovation Foundation for Postgraduate (CX20200663).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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