A novel BiVO4-GO-TiO2-PANI composite for upgraded photocatalytic performance under visible light and its non-toxicity.

Affiliation

Department of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Hanseo University, Seosan-si, Chungnam, 356-706, South Korea. [Email]

Abstract

A novel non-toxic hybrid BiVO4-GO-TiO2-polyaniline (PANI) (BVGT-PANI) composite with superior photocatalysis was successfully prepared via a one-pot hydrothermal reaction. The structural and morphological characterizations of the synthesized compounds were analyzed by a series of techniques. We found excellent photocatalytic efficiencies for methylene blue (MB) and phenol degradation under visible light irradiation after adhering the PANI to the photocatalyst. The degradation rates of MB and phenol reach up to approximately 85% and 80%, respectively, after 3 h of irradiation. For photodegradation MB, BVGTA exhibit the highest kapp rate constant of about 1.06 × 10-2 min-1, which is about 1.63-fold faster than BVG and 2.94-fold faster than BVGT. For photodegradation of phenol, BVGTA exhibits the highest kapp rate constant, of about 8.86 × 10-3min-1, which is about 1.2-fold faster than BVG and 1.96-fold faster than BVGT. Furthermore, vitro toxicity test against Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus demonstrated that the nanophotocatalyst is non-toxic.

Keywords

Methylene blue,Non-toxicity,Phenol,Photocatalytic degradation,Polymer,Visible light,

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