Title

Facilely Anchoring Cu nanoparticles on WO3 Nanocubes for Enhanced Photocatalysis through Efficient Interface Charge Transfer

Publication Name

Wuji Cailiao Xuebao/Journal of Inorganic Materials

Abstract

Non-noble metal decoration is a promising strategy for promoting semiconductor photocatalysis by effectively enhancing charge separation. Cube-like WO -Cu hybrid was successfully synthesized by a facile ascorbic acid reduction method at room temperature. The composition and morphology characterization showed that the Cu particle was deposited on the surface of WO nanocube. The WO -Cu-1.0 hybrid (when 1.0 mmol CuSO ∙5H O was involved into the reaction system) exhibited promoted photocatalytic capability towards Congo Red photodegradation under simulated sun light irradiation. The trapping experiments of active species during photocatalysis and ESR spectra of DMPO•OH signal of WO -Cu-1.0 composite confirmed that the photogenerated holes (h ), •OH, and •O were the predominant active species during Conge Red degradation. Based on the photo/electro-chemical measure-ments, it was proposed that efficient charge transfer was accomplished between the WO nanocube and Cu nano¬particles, which promoted electron-holes separation and subsequently photocatalysis reaction in the Congo Red solution. This work provides a facile preparation method for a binary photocatalyst system in which a semiconductor coupled with non-noble metal. 3 3 3 4 2 3 2 3 + -

Open Access Status

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Volume

36

Issue

3

First Page

325

Last Page

331

Funding Number

2019CFB386

Funding Sponsor

Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.15541/jim20200116