AgX/MgBi2O6 composites (X = Cl, Br, and I), prepared from the hydrothermal procedure combined with a co-precipitation method, display unique visible light responsive photocatalytic activity. The catalytic performance of the AgX/MgBi2O6 composites were evaluated through the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB, 15 ppm) under white-light light-emitting diode irradiation (2.5 W, power density: 0.38 Wcm−2). Among the AgX/MgBi2O6 composites, the AgI/MgBi2O6 composite, with molar ratio of AgI to MgBi2O6 as 3:1, exhibited the highest photocatalytic performance within 20 min (degradation efficiency: 99.5 %) while MgBi2O6, AgCl/MgBi2O6, and AgBr/MgBi2O6 composites achieved degradation efficiency of 14.9 %, 24.9 % and 56.1 % respectively. The main reason of superior photocatalytic activity in AgI/MgBi2O6 composite attributes to the pn junction between AgI nanoparticles and MgBi2O6 effectively enhancing the charge separation efficiency and reducing the recombination rate of electron–hole pairs. This study revealed that hydroxyl and oxygen radicals are the major species involved in the degradation of MB from the photoactivated AgI/MgBi2O6 composite. To develop a practical application of this new material, the samples of AgI/MgBi2O6 composite have demonstrated excellent photocatalytic performance in degradation of various dyestuffs (92.3 %–99.5 % degradation within 10 min) under visible light irradiation and 99.8 % MB degradation under sunlight irradiation within 6 min.
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Jun 15|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)