Effective degradation of aqueous bisphenol-A using novel Ag2C2O4/Ag@GNS photocatalyst under visible light

Sethumathavan Vadivel, Metwally Madkour, Saravanan Rajendran, Chinnasamy Sengottaiyan

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Photocatalytic oxidation of toxic pollutants is a proficient technique to solve the problems associated with the treatment of bisphenol-A which is classified as 1B reprotoxic substance. In this paper, Ag2C2O4/Ag@GNS nanocomposite whereas Ag and graphene nanosheets (GNS) used as the charge carriers, which is combined through peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for the removal of bisphenol-A (BiP-A) for the first time. The XRD, UV-DRS, SEM, and TEM studies were performed to confirm the phase structure and the purity. Ag2C2O4/Ag@GNS nanocomposite exhibited superior photocatalytic performance and removal rate when compared with pure Ag2C2O4 and pure GNS. In Ag2C2O4/Ag@GNS photocatalyst, the deposited Ag on the surface of Ag2C2O4 rods effectively formed a metal and semiconductor heterostructure, thus photogenerated charge carriers were separated easily by the surface plasmon resonance effect (SPR) effect of noble Ag. Hence charge carriers lifetime has been extended to a great extent for the better photocatalytic performance. The experimental results confirmed that the ̊ O2, ̊ OH, ̊ SO4 radicals were played major role in the photolysis process. Furthermore, the effect of the photocatalyst & PMS concentration, pH and co-existing ions towards the BiP-A degradation were studied in detail. According to the mass spectroscopy studies BiP-A pollutant was effectively deteriorated into smaller molecules and CO2, H2O. Furthermore, we have proposed the possible degradation pathway and photocatalytic mechanism for better understanding.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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