A polar mineral tourmaline enables synthesis of 0D/2D CuO photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity

  1. Changqiang Yu,
  2. Min Wen,
  3. Zhen Tong,
  4. Shuhua Li,
  5. Yanhong YinORCID Logo,
  6. Xianbin Liu,
  7. Yesheng Li,
  8. Tongxiang Liang,
  9. Ziping Wu and
  10. Dionysios D. DionysiouORCID Logo

Submitting author affiliation: Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, Ganzhou, China

Beilstein Arch. 2020, 20202. https://doi.org/10.3762/bxiv.2020.2.v1

Published 03 Jan 2020

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    Photocatalysis is considered to be a green and promising technology for transforming organic contaminants into nontoxic products. In this work, the CuO/tourmaline composite with zero-dimensional/two-dimensional (0D/2D) CuO architecture was obtained via a facile hydrothermal process. CuO chemically interacted with tourmaline via Si-O-Cu bond. The specific surface area of the CuO/tourmaline composite (23.60 m2 g-1) was larger than that of pristine CuO (3.41 m2 g-1). Three predominant reactive species of superoxide radical (O2•-), hydroxyl radical (•OH), and h+ were generated by the CuO/tourmaline composite aqueous suspension system under light irradiation. The CuO/tourmaline composite exhibited excellent photocatalytic capacity for the decomposition of organic pollutants, which was ascribed to the increase in the quantity of adsorption-photoreactive sites and the efficient utilization of photoinduced charge carriers benefited from tourmaline. This study offered a facile strategy for the construction of 0D/2D CuO structure and the design of tourmaline-based functional composite photocatalysts for the treatment of organic contaminants in waster.

Keywords: Photoinduced charge separation; Photocatalytic activity; 0D/2D CuO; Specific surface area; Tourmaline

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Yu, C.; Wen, M.; Tong, Z.; Li, S.; Yin, Y.; Liu, X.; Li, Y.; Liang, T.; Wu, Z.; Dionysiou, D. D. Beilstein Arch. 2020, 20202. doi:10.3762/bxiv.2020.2.v1

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