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Growth of BiOBr nanosheets on C3N4 nanosheets to construct two-dimensional nanojunctions with enhanced photoreactivity for NO removal

Sun, Yanjuan, Zhang, Wendong, Xiong, Ting, Zhao, Zaiwang, Dong, Fan, Wang, Ruiqi, Ho, Wing-Kei
Journal of colloid and interface science 2014 v.418 pp. 317-323
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, air, ambient temperature, carbon nitride, electrons, irradiation, nanosheets, nitric oxide, photocatalysis, photocatalysts, semiconductors, transmission electron microscopy
The development of approaches to effectively separate the photo-induced charge carriers is a key strategy to promote the photocatalytic activity of semiconductor photocatalysts. This work represents the construction of novel two-dimensional (2D) BiOBr/C3N4 nanojunctions by the growth of BiOBr nanosheets on the surface of C3N4 nanosheets at room temperature. The samples were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, TEM, UV–vis DRS and PL. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the removal of NO in air under visible light irradiation. The results indicated that electronic coupling took place between the {001} plane of BiOBr and {002} plane of C3N4. The BiOBr/C3N4 nanojunctions exhibited enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity compared with pure BiOBr and C3N4. The enhanced photoactivity can be mainly ascribed to the efficient separation and transportation of photo-induced electrons and holes due to the well-coupled crystal planes and well-matched band structures. The present work could provide new insights into the design and construction of 2D nanojunctions with well-matched crystal planes and band structures for efficient visible light photocatalysis.