Sonochemical assisted impregnation of Bi2WO6 on TiO2 nanorod to form Z-scheme heterojunction for enhanced photocatalytic H2 production

A. R. Mahammed Shaheer, Nithya Thangavel, Revathy Rajan, Daniel Arulraj Abraham, R. Vinoth, K. R. Sunaja Devi, M. V. Shankar, B. Neppolian

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Abstract

In this work, Bi2WO6/TiO2 nanorod heterojunction was prepared by sonochemical assisted impregnation method. After loading 2 wt% Bi2WO6 on TiO2 nanorods, the photocatalytic hydrogen production rate of 2026 µmol/h/g was achieved. Compared to commercial P25 and TiO2 nanorods, ∼13 and ∼3 folds enhanced activity was observed. The excellent photocatalytic performance of Bi2WO6/TiO2 nanorod photocatalyst was mainly attributed to i) reduction of bandgap due to heterojunction formation, ii) quick transport of photogenerated charge carriers, and iii) efficient charge carrier separation supported by UV-DRS, photocurrent measurement, Impedance study, and photoluminescence spectra analysis. The Z-scheme band alignment for Bi2WO6/TiO2 nanorod heterojunction was proposed based on the Mott-Schottky measurement. This result demonstrated the effective utilization of Z-scheme heterojunction of Bi2WO6/TiO2 for photocatalytic reduction application.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Powder Technology
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StatePublished - Nov 3 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-11-25
Acknowledgements: The authors sincerely express thanks to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), New Delhi, India (File No.103/239/2015-NT). A. R. M. Shaheer gratefully acknowledges CSIR-India for Direct-Senior Research Fellowship (no.: 09/1045(0035)2K19 EMR-I Dated 31/03/19).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Chemical Engineering

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