Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue on cadmium sulfide–sensitized titanium dioxide film

Yu Hsuan Wu, Tsunghsueh Wu, Yang Wei Lin

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Herein, cadmium sulfide–sensitized titanium dioxide (CdS/TiO2) deposited on a fluoride-doped tin oxide electrode is proposed for achieving the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of methylene blue (MB). Under optimum conditions (six accumulative CdS depositions, 3.0-V DC applied biased potential, and 300-W Xe arc lamp irradiation), the prepared CdS/TiO2 films exhibited the highest PEC degradation of MB (82 ± 3%) compared with photocatalytic (70 ± 5%) or electrocatalytic (39 ± 5%) degradation. In addition, the higher current density (0.08425 mA/cm2) and the lower charge transfer resistance (78.5 Ω) of 6-CdS/TiO2 film were observed. These were attributable to the strong visible light absorption of CdS, the high charge separation efficiency in the CdS/TiO2 heterostructure, and the low electron–hole recombination rate from the applied biased potential. The feasibility of 6-CdS/TiO2 film was evaluated by the MB degradation in environmental water samples, which demonstrated a high PEC activity (71 ± 3% degradation) of CdS/TiO2 film.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110500
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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