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Pompon Dahlia-like Cu2O/rGO Nanostructures for Visible Light Photocatalytic H2 Production and 4-Chlorophenol Degradation

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JournalChemCatChem
DateAccepted/In press - 17 Dec 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 31 Jan 2020
Early online date31/01/20
Original languageEnglish

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Hierarchical Cu2O nanospheres with a Pompon Dahlia-like morphology were prepared by a one-pot synthesis employing electrostatic self-assembly. Nanocomposite analogues were also prepared in the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO). Photophysical properties of the hierarchical Cu2O nanospheres and Cu2O/rGO nanocomposite were determined, and their photocatalytic applications evaluated for photocatalytic 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) degradation and H2 production. Introduction of trace (<1 wt %) rGO improves the apparent quantum efficiency (AQE) at 475 nm of hierarchical Cu2O for H2 production from 2.23 % to 3.35 %, giving an increase of evolution rate from 234 μmol.g−1.h−1 to 352 μmol.g−1.h−1 respectively. The AQE for 4-CP degradation also increases from 52 % to 59 %, with the removal efficiency reaching 95 % of 10 ppm 4-CP within 1 h. Superior performance of the hierarchical Cu2O/rGO nanocomposite is attributable to increased visible light absorption, reflected in a greater photocurrent density. Excellent catalyst photostability for >6 h continuous reaction is observed.

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  • 4-chlorophenol, CuO, hydrogen, photocatalysis, reduced graphene oxide

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