The effects of bifunctional linker and reflux time on the surface properties and photocatalytic activity of CdTe quantum dots decorated KTaO3 composite photocatalysts
Beata Bajorowicz , Joanna Nadolna , Wojciech Lisowski , Tomasz Klimczuk , Adriana Zaleska-Medynska
AbstractNovel CdTe-KTaO3 composite photocatalysts were successfully synthesized by using thioglycolic acid (TGA) or 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) as linker molecules which facilitated attachment of CdTe quantum dots to the surface of KTaO3 nanocubes. The as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) specific surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. The obtained CdTe-decorated KTaO3 composites showed greatly improved photocatalytic performance for degradation of toluene in the gas phase under LEDs light irradiation (λmax = 415 nm) over pristine KTaO3. TGA-functionalized CdTe-KTaO3 composites exhibited higher photocatalytic activity as compared with MPA-capped CdTe-KTaO3 hybrids which can be ascribed to the shorter chain length of TGA molecule as compared with MPA linker and therefore faster electron transfer from TGA-CdTe nanodots to perovskite-type potassium tantalate. The significance of quantum size effect of CdTe QDs for enhancing photocatalytic performance of CdTeQDs-decorated KTaO3 was also discussed.
|Journal series||Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ISSN 0926-3373|
|Publication size in sheets||0.6|
|Keywords in English||CdTe quantum dots, photocatalysis, perovskite-type KTaO3, bifunctional linker|
|Score|| = 45.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal|
= 45.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 9.446 (2) - 2016=8.87 (5)|
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