Powder catalysts are difficult to recycle, which may induce secondary pollution and may limit their practical application. Herein, we successfully synthesized floating porous g-C3N4 (FPCN) using a melamine sponge and urea via a facile one-pot method, which can solve the recycling problem of powder catalysts. The highest elimination efficiency of 5 mg/L tetracycline (TC) reached 70% by 2 g/L FPCN without any stirring under visible light after 4 h. However, the elimination efficiency of 5 mg/L TC by 2 g/L powder g-C3N4 was only 36.9% under the same conditions. The good photocatalytic performance of FPCN is attributed to its 3D interconnected network and enhanced light absorption. The effects of inorganic ions and organic matters on the photocatalytic performance of FPCN were studied. Finally, we proposed a possible mechanism and pathway for degradation of TC.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering