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Hybrid Material Based on an Amorphous-Carbon Matrix and ZnO/Zn for the Solar Photocatalytic Degradation of Basic Blue 41

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Lanfredi, Silvania [1] ; Nobre, Marcos A. L. [2] ; Poon, Po S. [3] ; Matos, Juan [3, 4]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ, UNESP, Sch Technol & Sci, Lab Composites & Ceram Funct, Dept Chem & Biochem, BR-19000000 Presidente Prudente - Brazil
[2] Sao Paulo State Univ, UNESP, Sch Technol & Sci, Dept Phys, BR-19000000 Presidente Prudente - Brazil
[3] Univ Concepcion, Technol Dev Unit UDT, Concepcion 4070386 - Chile
[4] Millennium Nuclei Catalyt Proc Sustainable Chem C, Santiago 7820436 - Chile
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Molecules; v. 25, n. 1 JAN 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Innovative composites based on an amorphous-carbon matrix containing a second phase ZnO oxide and/or highly dispersed Zn metallic were synthesized via a modified Pechini route, in which a partial pyrolysis method was reached. Studies of adsorption in the dark and the photocatalytic activity for the cationic azo-dye, basic blue 41, and degradation were carried out. X-ray diffraction patterns for the carbon matrix and its composite with Zn show characteristics of the amorphous carbon. The infrared in the mid region of the composite prepared with ZnO and Zn exhibit vibrational bands related to bonds zinc oxide. The surface pH of the material is the main factor responsible for the adsorption of the azo-dye, but the contribution of mesopores favored the diffusion of molecules from the bulk of solution to the pore framework. Esters-like functional groups on the surface of carbons hinder the adsorption of the azo-dye. When Zn is embedded within amorphous carbon the photocatalytic activity of the composites showed up to 2.4 higher than neat ZnO. The enhancement in the photocatalytic activity and stability of C/ZnO/Zn and C/Zn composites is discussed in terms of a protector effect by the carbon layers inserted in composites. Carbon layers are responsible to inhibit the lixiviation of ZnO particles along irradiation. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/03510-9 - Structural characterization of nanopowders of semiconductor ferroelectric oxides
Grantee:Silvania Lanfredi
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/11189-0 - Catalytic performance as a function of nanostructuring of new oxides catalysts from the spray pyrolysis method
Grantee:Silvania Lanfredi
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants