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Inserting AgCl@rGO into graphene hydrogel 3D structure: synergy of adsorption and photocatalysis for efficient removal of bisphenol A

Chen, Fangyuan, Zhao, Junxiu, An, Weijia, Hu, Jinshan, Liang, Yinghua, Cui, Wenquan
RSC advances 2017 v.7 no.63 pp. 39814-39823
adsorption, bisphenol A, chemical reduction, graphene, graphene oxide, hydrogels, photocatalysis, silver chloride, synergism
An AgCl@graphene (rGO) core–shell structure was fabricated and then loaded into reduced graphene oxide hydrogel (rGH) to form AgCl@rGO-rGH by the chemical reduction method. The AgCl@rGO core–shell structure inhibited the aggregation of the AgCl particles and promoted the rapid transfer and separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. Moreover, the AgCl@rGO-rGH composite exhibited a high adsorption and photocatalytic degradation capacity for bisphenol A (BPA). Specifically, the degradation efficiency of BPA on AgCl@rGO-rGH-2 reached 93.7% under the synergy of adsorption and photocatalytic degradation, and the degradation efficiency of BPA reached 87.0% after five cycles of degradation, which demonstrated the great synergistic effect between graphene and AgCl. The degradation capabilities of AgCl@rGO-rGH were 6.4 and 2.8 times of pure AgCl and rGH on the synergistic degradation of BPA. In the continuous flow system, the degradation ratio of AgCl@rGO-rGH-2 remained 100% within the first 4 h under the synergy conditions. When the reaction time reached 9 h, the synergistic degradation ratio of BPA remained about 75.2%. It showed that AgCl@rGO-rGH-2 still has good degradation activity and long life in the mobile phase system.