Enhanced photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) by ZnO–TiO2–CNTs composites synthesized via microwave-assisted reaction
Date of Issue2012
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ZnO–TiO2–carbon nanotubes (CNTs) composites are successfully synthesized using microwave-assisted reaction of ZnO precursor in TiO2 and CNTs suspension using a microwave synthesis system and they are used as photocatalysts for photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI). The results show that the CNTs addition could enhance the photocatalytic performance of ZnO–TiO2 composites. The ZnO–TiO2 composites achieve a maximum reduction rate of 90% at 240 min under UV light irradiation, much higher than those for the pure ZnO (58%) and the ZnO–TiO2 (69%). The improvement is ascribed to the increased light absorption intensity and range as well as the reduction of electron–hole pair recombination with the introduction of CNTs.
DRNTU::Engineering::Electrical and electronic engineering::Optics, optoelectronics, photonics
Journal of molecular catalysis A : chemical